When to Get New Tires
A good set of tires is important on any vehicle, seeing as they’re what provide traction on the roads of Santa Fe, White Rock, La Cienega, and beyond. It’s commonly believed that tires should be inspected once per year after five years of use. After 10 years, they should be changed regardless of their condition. However, they most likely will need to be replaced before then.
It’s hard to say when exactly to get new tires since various factors can affect their lifespan. We’ll give you some examples below to help determine whether your car needs a new set. Read through our informative guide on getting new tires and contact us at Land Rover Santa Fe if you have any questions!
An easy way to tell if you need new tires is to visually inspect them. Check for any bulges or blisters on the tire as these can form when the outer surface begins to weaken and lead to a blowout.
You’ll also want to double check your tread depth. While the tires will naturally lose tread depth over time, if the tread depth gets to be thinner than 1/16th of an inch, the tires will have to be replaced immediately. Without that tread, the tire won’t have any traction, potentially becoming very dangerous, especially on slick roads.
A great way to check tread depth is by using a penny. Place the penny upside-down into the tread. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, you’re running very low on tread.
How and where you drive can greatly affect your tires’ lifespan. For example, constantly making quick starts or performing emergency braking can damage the tires quickly. Plus, if you travel over damaged roads, potholes, or sharp objects, that can ruin the tires as well.
When driving on poorly paved roads, a certain amount of vibration is inevitable. However, if those vibrations persist, it could mean the tires are misaligned or unbalanced. It could also mean the shock absorbers are starting to go. It’s also possible the cause of the vibrations has nothing to do with the tires. Regardless, the vibrations could damage the tires, leading to bigger problems down the road.
Improper Tire Usage
There are a lot of tire brands, types, and sizes out there, and each one is designed specifically for manufacturers and models. Bearing this in mind, it’s crucial that your car is outfitted with the correct tires at the correct time of year. This means you shouldn’t:
- Mix tire types
- Use tires on damaged wheels
- Use wheel and rim sizes that aren’t compatible
You also never want to use a spare tire of a different size when traveling more than 50 MPH. In fact, you should only be driving on a spare tire to get to the nearest dealership so that it can be replaced with a new tire as soon as possible.
While climate isn’t something you can control, it’s important to know how it affects your tires. Any extreme weather condition, be it a hot summer day or a snowy winter night, can damage your tires over time.
Daily temperatures are bound to rise and fall between day and night. When it’s hot out, gas will expand, and when it’s cold, it’ll contract. That’s why when it’s especially cold out, you’ll want to check tire pressure more frequently.
The elements, like rain, snow, and strong sunlight, can all damage your tires as well. Plus, when the seasons change, you’ll notice more potholes forming on the streets. As we mentioned before, driving over those potholes will weaken the tires.
Schedule Tire Service Today
No matter what causes your tires to weaken, they’ll need to be replaced at the appropriate time. If you experience any of the above instances when driving around Santa Fe, White Rock, and La Cienega, don’t wait. Schedule service at Land Rover Santa Fe and we’ll outfit your vehicle with brand-new, highly dependable tires today!