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My first blog. Not a very exciting title, but tires are one of my passions. Yes, I have other passions, but for now, I’ll leave it to tires. Why tires? First, tires are your vehicles most important safety component. Some people would say brakes are the number one safety component. You can’t stop without brakes, true. Braking is a lot less efficient with worn tires. Tires are what hold your car to the road. Tires are where everything your care does comes together; acceleration, braking, comfort, handling, steering, traction etc, etc.
I think you get it.

Tire image - Charles Automotive and Tire

Now you know the why. Let’s get into the how. How do you know when it’s time to replace your tires? At Charles Automotive & TIRE. We always check and adjust your tire pressure. We also inspect the tire tread for wear and foreign objects. If there’s a nail, screw or piece of metal stuck in your tire, eventually you’re going to have a flat tire. No one wants that. When we check for wear, we check to make sure all of the tires are wearing evenly and check the remaining tread depth. When your tires are worn to the wear bars or down to 4/32” of tread depth it’s time for replacement. Better yet, use the old penny test. Insert a penny into the tread with good old Abe’s head upside down and facing you. If you see all of the 16th President’s head. You could use new tires. Something else we keep an eye on, the manufacture date of the tire. Sometimes a tires tread looks good, but the sidewall of the tire starts to dry out and crack. This generally happens on older tires. Knowing the age of the tire is import. In most cases tires should be replaced 5-6 years from their manufacture date.

Thanks for reading my first blog.