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Florida Roads Are Hard On Tires – 5 Signs It’s Time To Change Your Tires

Your tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle. While you may not keep a close eye on them all the time, it’s worth knowing when it’s time to replace your tires in order to keep you safe on the road. Sarasota and surrounding Florida area drivers don’t want to find out when it’s too late that their vehicle is well overdue for a tire change.

Did you know that the combination of the type of pavement used in SW Florida, with the intense heat that the roadway absorbs all day will wear down your tires faster than in other parts of the country?  For example, the pavement used in many of the older roads in the North Port area contains thousands of small shells with sharp edges. As the pavement ages, it becomes more abrasive exposing the sharp edges of the shells to your tires already soft from the heat of the road. This can act like sandpaper wearing down your tires faster than that would in other regions.

Not just an added expense, bald or worn tires can make it difficult for your car to stop effectively, but that’s not all. Weak tires make it more likely your vehicle will hydroplane in wet road conditions, they make you more susceptible to tire blowouts, and they can even throw off the alignment of your vehicle or lead to even more expensive repairs.

5 signs that it’s time to change your tires are:

Your tread depth is wearing thin The treads of your tires should be deep and crisp to be able to effectively grip the surface of the road. When you have about 2/32 of an inch remaining in your tread depth, it’s time for a tire replacement. To measure your tread depth, a tool called a tread depth gauge can show you easily just how much tread depth you have left. Make sure to check your tread in several different areas to get an accurate reading.

Check on your tread wear In all tires, there are tread wear bars that can be found within the grooves of your tires. These wear bars measure how evenly your tread is wearing down, and on new tires they should be much more difficult to see. If your tread bars are visible and even “stand-out”, it’s time to change your tires.

You notice cracks in the rubber Florida is known to have some extreme weather, particularly the hot summers. Hot summers, just like cold winters, can do a lot of damage to the rubber on your tires. Rubber erosion due to extreme weather may lead to cracks forming in the rubber, usually along the sides of the tire away from the tread. If you notice cracks in the rubber on your tires, it’s a sure sign of tire breakdown.

Check for blisters and bubbles A blister or bubble on a tire is an immediate emergency. A bubble or a blister indicates damage to the interior of the tire, likely caused by hitting a curb, debris on the road, or some other type of impact. A bubble or blister on the tire could be a signal that a blowout is on the horizon.

Consider the age of your tires If your tires look great, the tread is deep and there are no noticeable damages, that doesn’t automatically mean you’re good to go. Once tires reach between 6 and 10 years old, it’s recommended they be replaced regardless of visible damage. For those who do not drive their vehicles often, they may not consider the age of their tires before getting behind the wheel. These tires may have invisible signs of breakdown that could lead to serious issues while driving.

Keeping You Safe On The Road

Maintaining your vehicle is an important part of keeping safe on the road. Tire maintenance and care can help to prevent hydroplaning, sliding, blowouts, and more. Failing to maintain tires, or any part of the vehicle, may put Sarasota and surrounding area motorists at risk of a collision.

If you’ve been in an auto accident in the Sarasota or surrounding regions, your personal injury lawyer in Southwest Florida can guide you through your case, getting you the compensation you deserve.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Florida Roads Are Hard On Tires – 5 Signs It’s Time To Change Your Tires

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