How To: Tell If Your Tires Need Changing

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Always the summers are drifting away.

“Trains” by Porcupine Tree

Hard to believe summer is gone already. Though we have the fortune of living in North Carolina, with its traditionally mild Fall, it is also a time of year with much precipitation and a progression into winter that comes on leisurely — and often leads to an unprepared driver. One of the most important steps you need to take for maximizing your safety on the road from now through winter is a change of tires. We’re here to help you determine when a change might be needed.

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Healthy (100%) – Think of this tire as your bohemian surfer. He glides over road imperfections caused by inclement weather with a relaxed demeanor and sure grip. Even when the situation seems daunting, the water kicks up behind him as he stays the course with unwavering resolve. With tires like these, “It’s all good, bro … I think I’ll call you Pea Pea-O Pea.”

Aging (50%) – This tire is similar to your dad. He’s still aware and strong, but he has the potential to slip up. He, however, recovers swiftly before any damage is done. You still have to keep an eye out for him and employ a bit of extra caution to ensure everyone’s safety. When you need him, he’ll get you through. With a tire like this, “You’re a smart kid – just don’t do anything stupid.”

Pretty Old (10%) – A tire with this tread hearkens back to your college self. You’re doing what you can to the best of your ability, but with your young age come mistakes. “Remember that time?” is more of a recollection how you surprisingly survived some incident instead of a relaxed walk down memory lane in your golden years. In other words, you’re not completely reliable to be the pillar of safety. You probably shouldn’t be driving on these tires unless you’re on the way to get new ones.

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Bald – This tire is your idiot friend. We all have one, and if you can’t think of who that friend would be, we’re sorry – it might be you. This friend costs you extra when you rent hotel rooms due to stains and/or damage, is clumsy and careless, and, quite honestly, frightens you at times. When the emotional rollercoaster is over and the next morning comes, you’re grateful that you are okay. It’s time to get a new friend.

When in doubt, remember you can always do the old Penny test. If your treads are deep enough to conceal Abe’s head, you’re good. If it only covers his hairline, you’ll need new tires soon. If you can see our sixteenth president in all his dignified glory, it’s time to take your car shoe shopping.

Fortunately for you, we at Leith Cars have a great selection of brand new tires that will keep you safe and secure on the road. Our staff can help you find a perfect match for your vehicle with cost efficiency always in mind, but don’t get upset it they try to suggest one that is a bit pricier. Remember: you get what you pay for. Still, our primary goal is to make sure you have a pleasant, quick, and enjoyable experience.

How To: Tell If Your Tires Need Changing was last modified: December 23rd, 2014 by Chris Leith Dodge