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3 Things That Determine When A Tire Replacment Is Needed

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The tires on a vehicle have to withstand a lot of wear and tear. There are a number of things that can lead to a need to replace tires prematurely. This is why it is essential for car owners to understand the importance of tire services such as tire rotations. It is also important to be able to identify signs that a tire replacement is needed. Choosing to drive on "bad" tires is unsafe. It can increase the chances of a collision occurring from a blowout. There is also a chance of needing a tire in an unsafe location. The following points identify signs that tires need to get replaced.

High Mileage

Tires are assigned estimated mileage. The number represents how many estimated miles the manufacturer has determined the tires can withstand. There are a number of things that can shorten the lifespan of tires. Driving habits and conditions can cause tires to need to be replaced before they reach their estimated mileage. However, manufacturers perform testing to determine the estimated mileage tires can withstand. 

Signs Significant Wear

Worn tires are dangerous because they cannot withstand excessive temperatures and inclement weather. Tires need to be able to grip on paved surfaces. In rainy weather, good tires generally maintain good traction, which makes driving safer. Worn tires cannot and are at risk of hydroplaning. Individuals who live in areas with harsh winters might find it challenging to drive in icy conditions with worn tires. There is a risk of vehicles with worn tires sliding or spinning out of control. There is also a risk of worn tires blowing out when pressure and excessive heat build up within them. 


Tires can last for many years. Some individuals assume that cars they rarely drive do not need to get tire services. They may go by the manufacturer's estimated mileage. However, tires need to get inspected annually even if a vehicle is rarely driven. When determining the age of a tire, one needs to know the production date, which should be located on the sidewall of the tire. A tire shop can decipher this information. It is not written in a traditional month and date format but rather week number and year of production.

A tire shop is a good resource to use to determine if your tires are too dangerous to drive your vehicle. If the tires are nearing the end of their lifespan, the tire techs can give you an estimated time frame or mileage that you have left. Most tire sales shops offer tire services such as tire disposals tire patching.