When I was first confronted with the event of changing tires, it was very confusing. I searched for advice and was immediately bombarded with words I didn’t know or ever even heard of, so it’s pretty safe to say I was lost. Everyone had a different opinion, my friends had entirely different experiences, and the salesmen had all these types of different brands… What a mess! To be honest, until the time came, I never looked up for information myself, but once I did, I must admit it became worst. Nowadays, I don’t consider myself an expert on the matter, but I learned a thing or two. So, for those who find themselves in my shoes, here it goes.
Tires get worn down, just like a pair of shoes. It doesn’t matter how well you drive. Of course, bad driving will wear them faster, but that’s not the point. The point is it’s simply inevitable. So, how can you tell for yourself?
You can use a coin (a penny or a euro) and insert it in the tire’s tread. If by any chance you see the head of the coin’s figure or the yellow, outer part of the coin, it’s time to swap tires. You can visually check the side of the tire’s for the most obvious signs: if you see any cracks or cuts, consider a replacement. You don’t want to get stuck on the road on account of a leak or worse (a blown tire); that could not only be annoying, but extremely dangerous if it happens when you’re driving. You also want to check if the surface is free from blisters and bulges, which may compromise the tire’s integrity. Also, pay attention to any unusual or increasing vibration when you’re driving. If the cause is mechanics, it may affect the tires, causing them to become unbalanced or misaligned. Even if the issue is related to the tires alone, unusual vibration is never a good sign, and you’ll feel it the most when driving on a bad road.
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