When Do I Need to Replace My Tires?
Winter is upon us here in Portsmouth, NH, which means snow and ice are right around the corner. We all know winter weather is unpredictable, to say the least, so now is the time many people begin to prepare their vehicle for the poor driving conditions that follow in winter’s wake. This is known as “winterizing” your vehicle, and one of the most important aspects of the process is making sure your tires are ready to keep you safe and on the road as conditions begin to worsen. But how do you know when you need to replace your tires? How do you know if they’ll last another season or if now’s the time to install a new set? Well, that’s why we’re here – to make sure your automobile is ready for winter and everything that comes with it.
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Checking Your Tire Tread
The easiest way to check the condition of your tires is to reach in your pocket and find a penny. Place the penny into the tread grooves of your tires in multiple different spots. If you can always see most of Lincoln’s head, then you’re probably in need of new tires. If most of Lincoln’s head is covered, then you should be, too. This may not seem like the most scientific way to check on your tires, but it’s easy and it works.
Tire Age and Exposure
Two other elements play a big part in wearing down your tires. Both exposure to heat and the sun’s ultraviolet rays can negatively affect your tires. This isn’t a huge concern here in New Hampshire, but our hot summer days can play a role in tire degradation. Tire age also plays a role. No matter what your tread looks like, if your tires are between 6 and 10 years old, then it’s probably time to get a new set.
If you find yourself in need of new tires, or would like an expert opinion on the status of your tires, look no further than the Seacoast Mazda Service Department. Our experienced and certified technicians will ensure your new tires are a perfect match for your vehicle and your driving style. And you can even schedule a service appointment right here on our website.