You’ll be sorry you ignored your tires when you’re changing a flat

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at 10:57 pm
A stock photo of someone pointing at the warning indicator strip on a tire.

How do I know if I need new tires?

It’s never been easier to care for a Mazda coupe, hatchback, sedan or crossover SUV. The automaker routinely ranks among the best manufacturers in the automotive industry in several of the most important categories. However, it can still be difficult how to know if you need new tires. Gwatney Mazda of Germantown wants to be a primary resource for everything you need to know about your vehicle – even if you didn’t buy it from us. Tires are really the unsung heroes of any vehicle. Even the best of us can take them for granted until it’s too late. There are some tell-tale signs that it’s time for a new set of tires as well as a few things you can do to get the most miles possible before replacing them.

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The tires on your vehicle are the first line of defense when it comes to handling, stopping and fuel efficiency. As the tread wears down, your vehicle may take longer to stop, especially in an emergency situation and on wet roads. Also, aging tires will cause the engine to have to work harder meaning that you’re going spend more on gas each month.

How do I do the penny test on my tires?

For years, there has been one simple way to test the tread depth on tires using the humble penny. Find the copper coin that is clean enough to see Lincoln’s head and face. Turn it so his scalp in pointing down and place it in the tread. If you can see his hairline, it’s time to start looking for a new set of tires.

Make your tires last longer

Unless you just don’t drive your vehicle, there is no way to prevent a tire’s tread from wearing down. However, you can slow the process and make sure that the wear pattern is as even as possible. Every vehicle comes with a certain interval when tires need to be rotated. If you follow this advice, you’ll be putting yourself in a strong position for success.

In general, even if your tire treads look good, you should still replace them every 10 years. If you need new tires or any other service done on your vehicle, make an appointment with the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown today.

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