When it comes to staying safe on the road, there are many parts on your car that keep you safe. One of the most important parts though is your tires. They are your only contact to the road, and if they have fallen into disrepair, then you might just end up on the side of the road. As such, it is vitally important to check your tires regularly to see how much tread you have left. Here are a few ways to tell if it is time to get a new set of tires:
There are two common ways to measure if your tread is below what it should be. The first method is to use a tire depth gauge, and it is the more exact of the two methods. The second is referred to as the "penny" method. Take a normal penny and place it upside down in the grooves between the treads on your vehicle so that Lincoln's hair is facing down and towards you. If you can see Lincoln's whole head and hair, then it's time to get new tires. If you can only partially see the top of Lincoln's hair on his head, then tire shopping should be in your future. Lastly, if you cannot see the hair on the top of his head, then your tires are safe for a while.
When you get a new set of tires, then you will experience an increase in the general performance and efficiency of your vehicle. The increase in performance manifests itself in the ability to take turns easier, stop in a shorter amount of time, and to even get better gas mileage! These effects can last between 65,000 and 100,000 miles on most vehicles.
When it's time to get a new set of tires, feel free to come on by Alexander Chevrolet Buick GMC! Our service center is open 6 days a week for people in the Dickson, Bellevue, Fairview, West Nashville, and Franklin area to give us a call at 615-338-8571, or you can also schedule your appointment online today!