Over time, tires become old and worn down. To help prevent the chance of tire failure, make sure to bring your vehicle in regularly so we can inspect the tires. We can let you know what condition they are in, and recommend when it would be necessary to get new tires. Between visits, you can notice if there are any issues with the tires. Keeping the tires in the best condition possible can help provide you with a safer and more reliable ride. The Tread Depth The tread on the tires should never get below one sixteenth of an inch in depth. You can measure how much tread is on the tire by using just a penny. Insert the penny into the tread so that Lincoln is upside down. If you can see Lincoln’s head, there is not enough tread on the tires. If this is the case, you should invest in some new tires so that they are able to have better traction with the road’s surface. Noticing the Tread Indicator Bar Newer tires have a convenience that the older manufactured tires do not have, a wear indicator bar. This bar is built into the tires themselves, and helps you to notice when the tread wears away. The bars are barely visible when the tires are new, but as the tires begin to wear, the bars will gradually begin to appear. They appear as flat, rubber bars that run perpendicular to the direction of the tread itself. If more than one or two of these bars are visible on a tire, it is an indication that the tread is getting low. Cracks in the sidewall of the tire There can also be issues in the sidewall of the tires as they begin to wear. Look for any cuts or cracks in the sidewalls that are distinct enough to be visible. It can be a sign that the tire is starting to develop a leak. Sometimes it may be a sign that the tire is getting closer to blowing out. If you notice any large cracks, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. Bulges or Blisters on the tire Sometimes the outer surface of the tire will begin to weaken. This can result in a bulge or blister that extends outward from the rest of the surface. The weak spot can run the risk of having a sudden blow out if it is ignored. This can be hazardous to you, your passengers, and those around you when you drive. Vibrations as you are driving A certain amount of vibration is normal when driving, especially on poorly surfaced roads. You may begin to feel this even if you are driving on a smooth surfaced road. There can be numerous causes for the vibration feel, but one area to look at is the tire. The tires may be unbalanced or misaligned if you feel bumps while driving on smooth roads. Over time, the vibrations can also cause damage to the tires. Any time you feel something out of norm, make sure to bring your vehicle in so it can be inspected.