There are numerous indicators that mean it's time to buy new tires for your vehicle. However, attempting to figure out the precise time span for how long your tires last is nearly impossible.

Many elements factor into the longevity of a tire including weather, the tire's model and type, driving routines, how the driver maintains the tire and the area's road habitat.

What we do know is that the more beating a tire takes, the more likelihood it is unsafe to drive.

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A tire tread’s initial design is to reroute water from beneath the tire, which improves traction on the road less hydroplaning when the ground is wet. The more worn the tire, the more undependable it gets.

Once the tire shallows down to 1/16th of an inch, it is considered totally unsafe. However, we at Knight's Automotive Repair in Ledgewood suggest you don’t wait until your tires reach that point to get replacements because your safety will be in jeopardy, particularly in bad weather conditions.  

Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment will aid your tires in performing to the best of their abilities and increase their lifespan.Thus, alignment should be thought of as equal importance to the upkeep of your tires. Improved handling and the prevention of the pulling of your vehicle in one direction are other are favorable effects tire alignments provide. If you're worried that your tires aren’t aligned, or just want to check to make sure, come to our facility in Ledgewood to get it checked as soon as possible.

The Penny Test

Known as the penny test, testing your tires treads will cost you a small amount of one penny. And the best part is that you get to keep the penny after!

You’ll insert the penny into a tread groove and repeat this process for several grooves.  If the top of Lincoln's head is showing it means tire treads are worn and unsafe. In this scenario, you will want to replace your tires as soon as possible. However, if part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread each time, then you have about 2/32 of an inch remaining and don’t need new tires as urgently.

Other Factors

Regardless of the amount of time and care you put into your tires, there are still other elements out of your control that effect your tires. If you live in an area with jarring weather conditions or your tires are starting to age, the elasticity begins to get loose and cracks appear along the outside. Small cracks shouldn’t cause any worry, but if you begin to see a reccurrence of splintering you are definitely going to want to take your car into our shop in Roxbury to get your tires further examined.