How to Know When to Replace Your Tires

How to Know When to Replace Your Tires

When it comes to the safety and performance of your car, there may be no more important piece of equipment than your tires. The rubber that meets the road controls everything from your acceleration to your turning to your braking. Want to get the most out of your car? Your tires are a great place to start.

Everybody knows that after a while your tires wear out and need to be replaced. Worn tires add a lot of risk to driving your car, including easier loss of traction, greater chance of a blowout, worse stopping power, and lots more. But how do you know when you need to replace your tires? Let’s take a look at a few signs.

The Penny Test

This test is named based on the piece of equipment you need: a single penny. Insert the coin with President Lincoln’s head pointed in towards the center of the wheel. If you can see his entire head over the top of the tire tread, then it’s time to replace your tires. Be sure to run this test on multiple spots on your tire, including both the outside and inside edges as well as in the middle.

Uneven Wear

Uneven tire wear, such as a bald inside edge when the outside edge is still in good condition, is a sign that there may be an issue with your car. While it’s not uncommon for the inside edges of your tires to wear slightly quicker than the outside edges, particularly on your front tires, dramatically uneven wear on the inside, or a balding middle or outside edge could all be signs of bad alignment, over/under inflation, and more.


While the tread of your tires is pretty durable, the sidewalls tend to be much thinner and much more prone to damage. It’s not a bad idea to regularly inspect your tires for any cracks, chunks missing, or bulging bubbles in your sidewalls, which show weak points in your tire, and also leave it more susceptible to blowing out. A blowout while traveling at high speed can cause a potentially serious accident, so replace your tires as soon as possible if you see any of these things.

Need assistance picking the right kind of tire for your car? At HP Motorsports, our Houston high performance auto services can help you get the most out of your vehicle, starting with selecting and installing the perfect tire for your needs. We provide friendly and reliable customer service, and have more than 20 years of experience serving our community, making us a top choice for all your high-performance needs.

Get a free estimate for your tire replacement service! Call HP Motorsports today at (281) 231-9950.

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