Purchasing new tires can be costly, but you don’t want to scrimp because they are so important to safety. They affect the efficiency of your brakes, your engine and every move you make with the steering wheel, so it stands to reason that having bad tires can be a serious safety hazard. Drivers with worn out tires have more collisions.
There are three factors you should consider when deciding if it’s time to invest in new tires: the age of your tires, tread wear, and your normal driving conditions.
As a general rule of thumb, the rubber on tires is meant to last between 6 and 10 years. SO even low mileage tire can need replacing just because of the passage of time. If your tires are more than 10 years old, they definitely need to be replaced. Even if you seldom drive and your tires are only used in perfect weather conditions, there is an unacceptable degree of deterioration after 10 years.
Tread wear is probably the most obvious way to determine if your tires need to be replaced. Grab a penny from your pocket and place it head first into a few treads on your tire. If the top of Lincoln’s head is clearly visible, you need new tires, even if you haven’t hit the six-year mark. Continuing to drive on these tires will put you at risk of hydroplaning in the rain and experiencing poor traction on snow and ice–even decreased cornering and braking on dry roads.
Finally, you should consider your environment. Idaho residents will experience more wear on their tires than residents of warmer states like California and Florida because the cold winter temperatures wear down tires faster. Cold winters can lead to cracking and structural damage that can necessitate a tire replacement ahead of the normal schedule. Drivers without access to a garage will have even more difficulty, since their cars will be exposed to the elements at all times.
Tires and Fuel Economy
If you’re reluctant to invest in new tires, it may bring you some comfort to know that a new set of tires can provide a 15% to 20% increase in fuel economy. If you have a long commute, this savings can help offset some of the original expense. However, you should keep in mind that original equipment tires tend to provide the greatest benefits in terms of increased fuel economy.
How Can We Help?
If you or someone you love has been injured due to the actions of a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Holzer Edwards at (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation.