You may know the feeling: Your heart just leaped into your throat. Your foot is pressing desperately but uselessly on the brake. You’re careening forward in the rush of rain.


Your tires are worn, and the apparent consequence? Hydroplaning.


Particularly as we move into the stormiest season of the year, we’re sad to say this scenario is not altogether an unlikely one. Thankfully, inspecting your tires and replacing them when necessary is an easy means of enhancing your safety while on the road this summer.


Here’s what you need to know:


Don’t Dread, Check Your Tread


“When the inflation pressure is regularly maintained and the tires are rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, all four tires will typically be worn evenly and replaced at the end of their service life,” the Tire Industry Association (TIA) affirms.


Sure, that makes sense, but how do you know when you’ve officially reached the point of “worn out” tires? Simple: Take a look at your tire tread. 


“Tires are not safe and should be replaced when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “Check your tire's tread at least once a month when you're checking their pressure.”


And if you’re really and truly not sure where your tread stands, you can always provide yourself with a visual aid using nothing more than a mere penny. Simply stick the coin itself into the grooves of your tread (with the head facing down) and, should President Lincoln’s head be visible at any point, it’s time to replace the tires.


Other Signs Your Tires Are Tired


Even if your tread appears to be sufficient in one area of the tire, that doesn’t mean the overall tire gets the green light to hit the road. Be sure to inspect your tires in their entirety, as uneven wear patterns along the tread may also indicate the end of their lifespan in addition to the need for an alignment check.


Additionally, take note of any sudden jolts or disturbances during your usual driving routes. If your vehicle suddenly behaves erratically while in drive, not only is this an immediate safety hazard, but it could indicate a greater issue with the tires and/or vehicle mechanics.


“Tire vibration may be a sign a wheel is misaligned, unbalanced, or bent,” Consumer Reports explains. “It could also signify internal tire damage.”


Finally, don’t disregard deformities on your tires. If blisters, bubbles, or other such irregularities develop along the wall of your tires, it’s time to schedule an inspection and replace the tire(s) in question.


When You’re Left Spinning Your Wheels


In all, tire maintenance matters because it can enhance your control on the road, better ensure the safety of the drivers around you, and even increase the overall lifespan and economy of your vehicle.


And here at Subaru of Jacksonville, we want to help you feel as confident as possible while on your commute!


Whether you’re in the market for new tires, looking for ways to prolong the lifespan of your current ones, or are simply looking to schedule your regular tire rotation, the SOJAX team will be there to guarantee your safety and satisfaction.


So, are you ready to get back on the road to success with SOJAX? Then contact us today by calling 904-641-6455!

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