Your tires play a crucial role in your vehicle’s overall performance, but unless they are in good condition you will be taking your life in your hands every time you hit the road. The following are a few tell-tale signs that you need new tires, so be sure that you are keeping a close eye on your all-important rubber and taking action to replace your tires whenever necessary.

Poor handling

If your vehicle is starting to slide around or is vibrating a little more than usual there is a good chance that your tires are the problem. A vehicle with poor handling is not only less enjoyable to drive it can also be very dangerous, so if driving has felt a bit like a rollercoaster ride lately have your mechanic inspect your tires ASAP.

Limited tread

For your vehicle to hug the road through every twist and turn you need tires with deep treads, especially in wet or icy conditions because it is those treads that will prevent your vehicle from sliding out or aquaplaning. Ideally you need at least 6/32″ of tread depth for your tires to be at their best and in Canada it is illegal to drive on treads less than 3/32″ deep.

Old age

The lifespan of an average tire is between 5 and 10 years; therefore, if your tires are more than 5 years old inspect them regularly for signs of wear and start planning for your next set, because their performance will slowly deteriorate as their natural rubber degrades.

Clear signs of damage

Cracks, bulges or blisters in your tires will seriously undermine their integrity and as a result, endanger you, your passengers and your vehicle, so if you notice any damage to your tires replace them immediately. Damage to the side wall of a tire is particularly serious as this will put it at extreme risk of blowing out.

If you have concerns about your tires head straight to your mechanic for a professional opinion, because it is simply not worth the risk of driving on unsafe rubber. To book a service appointment for your vehicle contact Western Auto today and have our team of qualified mechanics ensure that whatever you drive is keeping you and your loved ones safe.