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You Know It’s Time to Change Tires When …

The average driver puts about 15,000 miles on a car annually. The tread on a new set of tires will last between three and five years, depending on the brand quality you buy, normal wear and tear and maintenance care. Here are a few smart tips you can learn by visiting as to when it is the right time to change your vehicle’s tires.

Patterns of Tread Wear and Tear

Tire tread usually is the most visible sign that you need new tires. There is a distinct difference between brand new tread grooves and ridges and old and worn-out ones. You will also feel your vehicle sliding and gliding on roadways in inclement weather. You will even start to notice your car has more gas mileage expenses have dramatically increased. You also need to look at the tire’s sides, center, shoulder wear and tear as well as alignment issues and inflation since they have a great deal to do with deviations.

  • Center strip wear and tear is from tire overinflation
  • Tire edge wear and tear is caused by underinflation
  • Worn tires only on one side could be misalignment or vehicle part related

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Unusual Driving Experiences

From time to time, a car tends to vibrate lightly when a motorist drives over roughly maintained roads or terrain. You need to pay attention when there is a constant vibration present when driving because that is a warning signal that something mechanically wrong with a vehicle. It might be something as simple as an alignment issue, but it can also be something that is financially more serious like bald tires or suspension damage.


A telltale sign that it’s time to replace your tires are cracks and splits in your tires. These types of symptoms appear when hitting a curb or a pothole. You want to change your tires as soon as possible as this type of wear and tear often leads to blowouts. It is also likely that you’ll begin to experience repeated leaks as the air starts to seep through sidewall groove cracks. A visual inspection will give you a heads-up when your tires are beginning to show this damage, and yearly maintenance checks will spot them as well.


Bubbles in tires form because of air leaking from the inside lining and into the tire’s framing. Motorists also tend to hit potholes at high speeds, run tires on uneven streets or curves and drive over speed bumps at elevated speeds. You will also develop bubbles if your tire is deflated and you drive, even a short way, on a flat. It’s a smart idea to let a professional inspect the tire. If no visible damage is present, your warranty may cover it.


Tire Pressure Warning Light

If you notice a light on your dashboard on your vehicle dashboard, it indicates that there is low pressure in your tires. You should stop and check your tires and add air if you find that one of them is low. You can also follow up with a tire specialist to find the cause.

The United States tire manufacturers recommend vehicle owners replace tires every six years regardless of tread wear. Annual maintenance checks will let you know when it is the best time to do it.

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