Changing your tires is one of the most essential parts of standard vehicle maintenance, but many car owners don’t really know when the best time to do it is. If you’re thinking you might fall into this category, have no fear. Our service experts at Avery Greene Honda have a few easy tips for identifying when the time to change your tires has come.
Modern tires are manufactured with something called a “wear bar.” A wear bar is a small ridge that is built inside the rubber of the tire below the tread. The wear bar is only visible when — you guessed it — the tire starts to wear. You can identify the wear bar simply by taking a close look at your tire. Do you see a horizontal bump under the tread? That’s your wear bar, and if it’s peeking out, it’s time for a new set of tires.
The Penny Test
Take a penny and stick it into your tire tread with Honest Abe upside down, or headfirst. If most of President Lincoln’s head is hidden inside the tread, your tires are still road-worthy. But, if you can see his forehead, it’s probably time to get a new set of tires.
If you’re unsure of the results of either of these quick tests, you can always schedule an appointment with our service department at Avery Greene Honda. One of our experienced service technicians are standing by to give you an honest recommendation for your next steps.