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When should you get new tires? They’re one of the most crucial components of your car to maintain, but it can be hard to tell when to replace them when you don’t know what to look for. Even something as simple as improperly inflated tires can affect the performance of your vehicle in the long term and reduce fuel efficiency. That’s why you should keep an eye on the age and tread depth of your tires and get new tires when they’ve run their course.   

One of the most telltale signs that you new a new set of tires is if the tread depth is too worn down. Many modern tires have tread bars embedded that will start to show if your vehicle’s tires pass the legal safety limit. However, if you want to keep an eye on your ride’s wheels yourself, you can also buy a tread gauge or use something as simple as a penny.

 The “penny test,” as it is called, involves placing a penny upside down between the treads of your tires. If you can see the top of Abraham Lincoln’s head, your treads are dangerously worn and you need to invest in some new tires as soon as possible.

 Tires can last up to ten years if you have excellent driving habits, but a general rule of thumb is for drivers to start checking tread sometime around the five-year mark. That 5-10 year rule is a good guideline for when to get new tires, along with checking your tread depth.

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