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How can I tell when it’s time to change the tires on my car?

When to change tires on a used vehicle

When it comes to your vehicle, tires are one of its most important components. Not only are they integral to getting the best performance out of your vehicle, but they’re vital to ensuring a safe drive. Of course, it’s normal for a vehicle to experience wear and tear over the years, and the bulk of that goes to your vehicle’s tires. To ensure that your vehicle is always safe to drive, it’s important to make sure you change your vehicle’s tires when necessary.

If your vehicle is used and has spent a lot of time out on the road, it may be time to think about changing your tires. Of course, the frequency of this is affected by the type of driving you do and how often you do it. Taking on rough gravel driveways or driving off-road will likely require more frequent tire changes.

On average, car tires tend to last between three to four years when driven on a daily basis. The best way to tell if it’s time to change your tires is by taking a penny and sticking it into the tire grooves, Lincoln’s head in. If his head is completely visible, then it’s time to change your tires. Driving without treads can cause problems with traction, making it more difficult to stay in control on slick roads.

If you don’t drive your vehicle very often, you can probably up it to every six years of use. Since rubber naturally loses its softness over time, your tires will eventually crack and lead to a possible and dangerous blowout.

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Get the most out of your tires

Tires can be a costly purchase, so it’s no surprise that drivers want to get the most out of them for as long as they can. You can prolong your tires’ lives by regularly checking their air pressure and adding air as needed. You can also reduce wear with regular tire rotations.