Tires are an integral part of your vehicle as it acts as your car’s connection to the road, so knowing when your tire is up for replacement should also be considered as a big part of general car maintenance.
Now you might be asking yourself when and why should you replace your tires? or how do you know if you should consider it? Tires are certainly an investment that isn’t cheap, but it’s also a priority for it directly correlates to your safety while driving.
Don’t worry, replacing your tire isn’t as complicated as you think, sometimes it only takes one look to evaluate your tire’s health and conclude that you need to replace them. In this article, we will teach you what are the key tire replacement indicators should you be looking out for.
Check tread depth
Inspect your tire, it must not be worn to 2/32 inch (1.6 mm) or less remaining original tread depth. An easy way to do this is through a penny test.
How to use an old 1 peso coin to do a penny test.
- Place the old 1 peso in the tread of your tire
- Check if the year under Rizal is covered, if it is then your tires are safe. But if the year is visible, your tire is not safe.
Please refer to the visual below
We also recommend that you check for sidewall damages and irregular wear as well to ensure that your tire is safe.
Evaluate the condition of your used tires
It’s no secret that a lot of risks associated with buying a used tire. While we understand that this help many drivers save money, we still recommend that you buy new tires as this will last longer and guarantees quality and safety.
But if you have one, we recommend you check for uneven wear that causes noise, vibration, or other problems. If affirmative, please take note that this tire should be replaced much sooner than your new tires.
Bridgestone Philippines strives to educate driving about tire safety and safe driving. We urge you to have your tires regularly inspected by a professional. We offer this service at our tire centers.