How To Know When It’s Time To Change Your Tires

The decision to change your car tires can be a tough one. You want to get the most out of them and you don’t want to find yourself stuck in a situation where you need new tires but they’re not available. The key is knowing how long it’s been since your last tire rotation and whether or not it’s time for an alignment check-up. It’s also important to remember that tread wear varies across different types of terrain. Knowing when it’s time for new tires will help keep you safe on the road!

It’s extremely dangerous to drive with bald, worn or damaged tires, particularly in wet weather or extreme conditions. Make sure your insurance is as comprehensive as possible to avoid putting yourself at risk. See the NRMA website for the full range of car insurance options, or visit one of their convenient locations to get advice on the best cover for you.

Check Tread Depth

Check the tread wear. If it’s below the recommended depth, it’s time for new tires. You can find this information in your car owner’s manual or on the sidewall of your current tires. If your tires have less than 1.5mm of tread depth, it’s probably time to change them. You can check this by using a coin or a tread depth gauge. You just need to place the coin in the groove of the tread and see how far it comes up to – if you’re using an Australian 20c coin and the tread doesn’t reach anywhere near the bill of the platypus, you need to change your tires. You should also check whether the tread wear is even on both sides – if the tread is not wearing evenly then you may need to get the tires changed. Check out our guide here for more car safety tips.

Keep In Mind the Time

You should change your tires every 5-10 years, depending on how often and far you drive. If you drive less than 8000 kilometres a year, you can probably wait until your tires are around the age of six. But if you’re driving more than that, it’s time to start looking for new ones at around the five-year mark. It may seem obvious but if you purchased your second car, it’s important to monitor the total kilometres driven over the life of the car. The type of terrain you drive will also affect how long your tires last. If you’re always driving on the highway, your tires will last longer than if you’re constantly hitting potholes or taking sharp turns. Rough conditions could also erode the rubber and cause cracks in the tires. 

Monitor For Any Damage

In addition to checking tread wear, you should also check the overall condition of your tires. Look for cracks, cuts and bulges. If you see any of these signs, it’s time to change your tires as soon as possible because those could cause a blowout while driving. When the tire goes flat from a puncture or cut in this way, you should replace both rear wheels at once even if only one is damaged – front-wheel damage almost always requires replacement of all four wheels.

Get An Alignment Check

If you often feel your steering wheel vibrating when you drive, this could be a sign that the tires need to be changed. This might also mean that the tires are unbalanced, so it might be good to take your car for an alignment check. You should bring your car for an alignment checkup once a year as well as every time you change your tires. Alignments are important because they keep your tires from wearing out too quickly and ensure that all four wheels are working together equally. If you don’t get an alignment check after changing your tires, the front and back of your car might not be resting evenly on the road. This can cause problems with acceleration and braking as well.

If you’re still unsure about when it’s time for new tires, bring your car into a trusted mechanic and have them take a look. They’ll be able to give you an accurate estimate on how much life is left in your current tires and whether or not they need to be replaced. Driving on bald tires is not only illegal in some states, it’s also dangerous. Make sure to stay up-to-date on when it’s time for new tires and don’t put yourself or others at risk!

 

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