Tires are the source of contact between a vehicle and the road, which means they need to be in a pristine state to keep the car moving. In other words, tires are the driving force behind a moving vehicle (literally!). This many word long ode to tires is to highlight the importance of tires and their maintenance.
But sadly, many people fail to maintain the wheels of their car. Moreover, car owners overlook some blatantly obvious signs telling them to change the wheels on their pride and joy. Resultantly, the worn-out tires give out in the middle of the road and leave the driver in the lurch!
If you don’t want to be the hero in the horror story we narrated above; you want to keep an eye out for these warning signs to know when to change tires.
In case someone doesn’t know what a bald tire is, let us first discuss the tiny hair-like rubber spikes, aka vent spews, that keep a tire from going bald. If your tires have gone completely smooth, you need to change them.
Tread is the thick molded part that covers the metal part of a wheel and comes in contact with the road. It is responsible for traction on the road, which means your tires need to have their tread in a first-class condition. If your vehicle’s tread doesn’t have its initial form, i.e., rugged, you need to change your tires as soon as possible; otherwise, you might find yourself stuck with blown-out tires.
Gouges on Sidewalls
The next telltale sign we have for you is cracks or indents on sidewalls. Naturally, if a tire has fissures, it will lose air pressure, becoming unstable and unbalanced. Thoroughly examine your tires and check if there are any cracks on the sidewalls. And if you find any, then change your tires.
Some quavering on bumpy roads is typical for vehicles, but if a car keeps shaking on even the smoothest highways, it could be an indication that your wheels need replacing. Consult an expert if you think you cannot confirm whether it’s the tires that are making your car shake or something else. And if the wheels turn out to be the culprit, get them replaced as early as possible.
Cords are meant to be concealed under the tread of a tire. When those cords start to show, you should change your tires immediately. Driving with exposed cords is incredibly dangerous and can lead to horrific accidents.
Frequent Exposure to Snow
Regular tires are manufactured for temperate climates. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t weather snow. But frequent exposure to ice can lead to damaged tires. If you live in a cold region that receives significant amounts of snowfall, you should closely monitor your car’s wheels to avoid any unpleasant accidents.
Your best bet to go around road accidents and blowouts is to maintain your tires well. That said, thorough maintenance can only do so much; you need to change your tires when the time comes to stay safe. And if you still find yourself on the side of the road with a blown-out wheel, contact a reliable towing company to bail you out of the unfortunate situation.