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When is it Time to Get New Tires?

In order to stay safe on the road, it’s important to keep your tires in good condition. Proper inflation and periodic tire rotations can do a lot to keep your tires in suitable Tiresshape, but even the most well-maintained tires eventually need replacing. In addition to being a safety hazard, worn tires affect the efficiency and performance of a car, so there’s a direct financial benefit to getting new tires.

How Much Tread Do Your Tires Have?

The easiest way to find out if it’s time to replace your tires is to check their tread depth. You can purchase an inexpensive tread depth gauge from any hardware store or auto parts store, but the easiest way to check is with a penny. With the heads side facing you, stick the penny between your tire treads with Lincoln’s head facing down. If the tread doesn’t reach Lincoln’s forehead, it’s time for new tires. You’ll want to do this between each row of treads. If you don’t want to check this yourself, you can always bring your car into your local Orland Park Honda dealership and have the professionals check your tires.

In extreme cases, excessively worn tires can cause blowouts, or a loss of control in emergency braking situations. But the most common effect of worn tread is hydroplaning. Without sufficient tread depth, your tires can loose contact with the road in rainy weather, causing a dangerous loss of control. When it comes to replacing your tires, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

How Old Are Your Tires?

Most tires need replacement because of wear, but some need replacement simply because they’re old. Over time, even unused tires degrade. If your tires are more than six years old, it’s probably time for a replacement – and tires over ten years old present a significant risk.

Get a New Set of Tires at Community Honda!

It’s easy to get new tires for your vehicle here at Community Honda in Orland Park. Just schedule a service appointment online, bring your vehicle in, and we’ll have a new set of tires on your car in no time!