When to buy new tires is based on three critical factors:
Tread Wear: You probably already know that as you drive, the tread of your tires wears down. When the tread is too far gone, your car will have difficulty gripping the road, especially in rain or snow. To check a tire’s tread, insert a penny head first into several of that tire’s grooves. If part of Lincoln’s head disappears into the groove, you have enough tread left. If you can fully see Lincoln’s hair, you need new tires imminently. If the hair disappears but the rest of the head is visible, start planning to buy new tires as soon as possible.
Tire Age: Did you know that every tire has a birthday, and that how old it is matters? Tires degrade over time, even if there is plenty of tread left. This is equally true if the tire is not on the car, as in the case of a spare. Tires should be replaced when they are six years old. You can find your tire’s birthday by looking on the side of the tire for the DOT number. The letters DOT will be followed by a four-digit number. The first two digits represent the week the tire was made, and the last two digits represent the year. So a tire that reads DOT 3214 was made the 32nd week of 2014, which is around the middle of August.
Extreme Conditions: Exposure to extreme heat can lead to premature tire wear. Ask your auto technician for advice if you are planning a road trip to a particularly hot region, or if you have just returned from one.
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