A tire being replacedSafety experts recommend replacing tires every time the vehicle gets into an accident, minor or major. Accidents can cause a lot of damage on tires, including ripping away the exterior, leaving cuts on the tread, and exposing the inner lining. While there may not be visible external damages, the integrity of the tire may already be damaged.

Shade Tree Automotive, a company that sells new tires in Kaysville, Utah, shares some tips on how to know if it’s time to change your tires.

Check the Treads

Tires should have a minimum of 1.6 mm of tread depth in order to stay within the safe limits. The treads should be measured in and out using a depth gauge. The treads provide friction between your tires and the road. If these are too thin or non-existent, the tires will not be able to grip the road and could cause you to lose control of the car. You must check the treads once a month, but if the vehicle is used on long trips and carry heavy loads, you may need to have it inspected more often.

Worn Out Tires

You may not notice it immediately, but your tires can get worn out from the outside and the center. Tires do lose air while you drive, but if you continue to drive them when they are underinflated, you are putting yourself at risk of accidents. On the other hand, the center of the tire can also get worn out if you overinflate it.

It is important to note that your vehicle’s tires don’t get worn out at the same rate. The front wheels carry more weight because of the engine and come in contact with the road more because of steering. This means you will have to change the front wheels more often or within a shorter period than the rear wheels.

It’s important to check the condition of your tires often, especially before out of town trips or long drives. Use this checklist to ensure a safe and comfortable journey every time you hit the road.