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Signs it Might be Time for New Tires

Last updated 6 years ago

A car or truck’s performance hinges on the condition of the tires. Riding on tires that are worn or aged is not only detrimental to the performance of the vehicle, it is simply unsafe. Here are some warning signs that show it may be time to equip your car with a new set of tires:


If a tire is cracking or bubbling around its exterior wall, then you have a problem. Tires are exposed to heat and large amounts of friction for long periods of time. After constant use, even the best tires begin to break down.  If cracks, splits, or bubbles are visible on your set of tires, then it’s time to head to the shop and start browsing through alternatives.

Tread Wear

If the tread is worn on a tire, then it will no longer perform as intended. When a tire is constantly in contact with road, especially during intense or aggressive driving, small pieces of the rubber get left on the road. One easy way to tell if a tire is worn, or “bald,” is to take a quarter and submerge it within a tread line. If less than half of the quarter can fit into the tread line, then for your safety, you should consider purchasing a new set of tires that provide a stronger grip.

Traction loss

When a tire becomes old, it can oftentimes become less effective at maintaining a hold on the road. Most often noticeable during long sweeping turns, such as those on exit ramps, traction loss is dangerous and needs to be addressed immediately if noticed. If a car struggles to hold a consistent line through a moderately-tight turn, then consider a new set of tires.

Keeping a close eye on your tires can keep you safe in even the worst of road conditions. When it’s time for a new set of tires, call DeKalb Tire at (404) 252-9895 or visit us online for more information.


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