When to Spring for New Tires

When is it time to replace your tires? You may hesitate to buy new tires before you need them, but worn tires can cause potentially dangerous handling issues. Also, tires are cheaper at certain times of the year, which may make it worthwhile to upgrade a few months before you think it’s necessary.

Here are some tips on when to spring for new tires.

How Do I Know if I Need New Tires?

Your tires should have at least 2/32” of tread depth to keep your vehicle safely on the road. How can you tell if your tread is deep enough?

The easiest way to figure out if you need new tires is to stick an upside-down penny in your tire treads. If at least part of Lincoln’s head is covered by your tire, you should be good to go. If his entire head is exposed, it’s time for new tires.

That’s not the only way to know that it’s time for new tires, though. Here are some other signs that you need new tires:

  • You can see more than a couple of tread wear indicator bars on your tires
  • Uneven tread wear
  • Cracks or cuts in the sidewall
  • Bulging
  • It’s been more than 6 years since you’ve replaced your tires

The Best Time of Year to Buy New Tires

Did you know that tires are cheaper at certain times of the year?

Tires are usually cheaper in October to encourage people to make sure they have good tires ahead of winter’s slippery conditions. Tires also usually go on sale in April so people have tires with plenty of tread for summer road trips.

October is also a good time to purchase winter tires, also known as snow tires. Did you know that winter tires perform better than all-season tires in cold weather, even when the roads are dry?

Winter tires don’t perform as well when the temperatures climb into the 40s, though, so April is the perfect time to switch to all-season or summer tires.

New Tires in Arlington Heights, IL

If it’s time for you to replace your tires, Wheeling Auto Center in Arlington Heights, IL has the selection you need to get the right tires for your vehicle, driving style, and budget. Additionally, our 15-bay service center is designed to get you in, out, and on your way as quickly and smoothly as possible.

To make an appointment, click here or call (847) 259-3776. Your safety is our priority, and our goal is to go above and beyond your expectations.