Tires are only vehicle components that touch the road, yet many drivers neglect their tires until it’s too late. While it’s difficult to provide a standard rule of thumb for how long you can drive before tires wear out—as tire wear usually varies by driver, region, and model—there are a few signs that your tires might be in bad shape.
According to How Stuff Works, there are many tire wear signs. One of the biggest things to look for is cracks in the sidewall. If you notice that your tires are starting to crack and appear worn, this is usually a sign that your tires are about to give out. Even if the tread is fine, cracking can be a serious issue.
Bulging and blistering is also a bad sign. While it’s rare to find bulges in your tires, it’s usually a sign that there’s a weak spot in the architecture of the tire. When there’s a weak spot in the rubber, that may be a sign that you are about to have a blowout.
Finally, check for bald spots and wear. One way to check tire tread is the penny test. Simply flip a penny upside down and put it in the middle of the tire tread. If you can see above Abe’s head, you may need new tires. Additionally, if you notice uneven wear (like bald patches), then you need to get new tires.
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