When do I need to replace my tires?
All tires will eventually need to be replaced. Below are some signs to watch out for.
You need to buy new tires when:
The tire treads have worn below a safe driving level: All tire treads will decrease over time as the rubber is worn down. Most tires have wear indicators to help you recognize when the tread has worn down beyond a safe level. These are bars of hard rubber that become visible when your tread depth is less than a certain amount (the EU legal minimum is 1.6mm).
An uneven tread wear pattern – where some sections of tread are wearing away quicker than others – can be a sign of problems with your vehicle or your tires. Check your tires regularly for tread wear.
You can see damage to the tire: Small cracks visible in the sidewall of the tire – a phenomenon known as ‘crazing’ – are a sign that your tires need replacing, as damage to this area could result in tire failure. Sidewalls, treads and tire shoulders should also be regularly inspected for cuts, bubbles and blisters as well as cracks. Tires with damage of this type will need to be replaced, even if there is life left in the tread.
When replacing worn or damaged tires, it is best practice to replace all four tires at the same time. If you are only replacing two tires, try to ensure they match the others already on the vehicle, and for optimal traction and stability have the new tires mounted on the rear axle.