Nothing lasts forever. Your tires may be reaching the end of their lifespan and you don’t even know it. How do you know if you need new tires? Here are some signs you should watch out for.

1. Tread Wear Indicator Bars

New tires now have a special design feature called tread wear indicators built into the tires themselves. These bars serve as a gauge on the condition of your tires. When tires are new, these indicators are barely visible, which gradually becomes more prominent as time goes by. Once they are visible, you can do the penny test. 

2. Tread Depth

Your tire tread depth is an important factor that is responsible for how much traction your car has when breaking ad accelerating on the road. The general rule is the tread on your tires should never fall below 1.6 millimeters (1/6 inch) in depth. 

To measure the tire depth, you can either buy a tire depth gauge or just do the classic old trick of the penny test.

3. Blisters and Bulges on Tires

When your tires are old ad getting past their lifespan, bulges and blisters may appear. This happens as a  result of the outer part of the tires weakening and degradation. The formed bulges and blisters are like ticking time bombs that can erupt anytime. When your tires develop these dome shape lumps, it is time to change your tires.

4. Extreme Vibrations

Vibrations can be felt when driving, but excessive vibrations may be telling of your tire problem. If your tire is not the problem, get your car checked immediately by a mechanic.

5. Cracks in the Tires Sidewalls

Though tire wear signs are most commonly found in the tread, not all of it can be found there. One part of the tires you can check is the sidewall. Once cracks appear on the rubber, it signifies that your tires are nearing their end. These cracks when not checked may lead to bigger problems such as tire leaks and blowouts that can both be dangerous.  

Time for Change?

When it is time for a change, you must find a seller you can trust. So when it is time, Wayside Customz is your source for new tires, custom wheels, lift kits, vehicle wraps, and more.