Your car is only going to take you as far as your tires will allow you to go. If your tires aren't in good shape, you may not go as far as you want to, or you may and end up causing damage to your vehicle along the way. If your car's tires are one of the most important parts on your vehicle, and if they aren't in good shape, you could be setting yourself up for vehicle issues, an accident, or worse. To keep your car safe, you should keep an eye on your tires to ensure they are safe for the road and will handle the road properly. Read on for a few signs to watch out for that may indicate you need new tires.
1. Your Vehicle Bounces Or Skips
If your vehicle seems to bounce or skip as it drives along the road, and you aren't on a bumpy road, it may be due to the wear on your tires. If your tires are worn unevenly, they may skip all over the road rather than give you a smooth ride. This type of issue may be caused by having a broken belt in your tire, or it could be caused from your vehicle sitting for too long and your tires are no longer round. If you have any of these issues, you should invest in new tires.
2. You Are Sliding Instead Of Stopping
If your vehicle seems to slide around rather than stopping, your tires may be to blame. This can also be an issue with your brakes, but if your brakes seem to be fine, your tires are the next thing you should have inspected. If your tires are bald, there is nothing gripping the road and that could cause you to slide instead of stop.
3. Your Tread Is Gone
If you can place a penny with Lincoln's head in your tire tread and you can see his head, your tires don't have enough tread on them. If your tires don't have enough tread on them, they aren't going to be able to handle the road, and they won't be able to handle different environmental elements such as weather (rain or snow) or different types of road surfaces, such as gravel or rough pavement.
If your tires are not in good shape, you need to invest in new tires to be sure your tires and vehicle are road-worthy. Take your vehicle to a tire shop to have new tires mounted on your car.