3 Signs Your Vehicle Need New Tires

Driving with worn-out tires is illegal in many states. Even at a personal level, it increases the chances of an accident, particularly on wet roads. This video covers the dangers of worn tires and highlights the signs that let you know when you need new tires.

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1. Longer Stopping Distance

Normally, new tires have amazing grip, and if your brakes are in good condition, your car will stop within a few feet when you press the brakes. As your tires wear out, the stopping distance increases incrementally. Cars with worn tires can stop up to 40 feet further than they would with new tires, which may be disastrous in an emergency.

2. The Tires Fail the Coin Test

Although quite old school, the coin test effectively determines tread depth and, subsequently, tire safety. The test is best done with a quarter. To do the test, place the quarter between the treads so that President Washington’s head is pointed towards the inside of the tire. New tires with good tread depth “swallow” a part of Washington’s head inside the tread. If you can still see the top of the head, consider replacing the tires as soon as possible.

3. Maneuvability Problems in Wet Roads

When tires become worn out, they cannot efficiently wick water away. As a result, in a situation where the tires are not in direct contact with the road surface. This is called hydroplaning and makes it very hard to control the car or brake properly.

For most drivers, tire condition revolves around the pressure. Tread depth and traction are only considered if they significantly affect the driving experience. But it shouldn’t be like that. Constantly check your tires for signs of wear and replace the worn-out tires to avoid trouble.