Tires are a crucial component of your vehicle. They grip the road, which increases your control, even in slippery conditions. Like most vehicle components, though, tires experience wear and tear and require replacement throughout your vehicle's life span.

For drivers in the Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicville area, we're going to help you figure out how to make your tires last for a long time and determine when to change them by checking their tread.

How Tires Work

Tires allow your vehicle to move seamlessly down the road. They use tread to grip the road, which gives you traction and stability. Tire tread is especially important during harsh weather, as wet or icy roads can result in a loss of traction. The deeper the tread, the more traction the tires get. When tires are underinflated or wearing down, their abilities start to decrease. 

Causes of Tire Wear

There are many causes of tire wear and knowing them will help you to avoid unnecessary damage to your tires. The right among of air is important to make your tires last. If they're over- or underinflated, they'll wear unevenly, so your tires will deteriorate much earlier than they should.

Your driving habits can also affect your tires. For instance, if you constantly slam on your brakes, you're causing your tires to wear at a faster rate.

There are other factors that can have a negative effect on your tires that are out of your control. The weather can affect your tires greatly. When the cold weather comes in, it can actually reduce the air pressure in your tires. It's important to keep track of your tire pressure during the winter months to ensure that your tire pressure is at the appropriate level when you go out for a drive.

Get more information: Learn the differences between winter and all-season tires here.

Checking Your Tire's Tread

Although tire pressure is an important factor when it comes to your tires' well-being, your tread is equally important. When it wears down, your tires will have trouble gripping the road. This results in poor traction and wheel slip. Luckily, there are easy ways to check whether your tire tread is in good condition.

The penny test is one of the most popular tests you can perform to determine whether your tires still have enough tread. Place a penny upside down in your tire tread with Lincoln facing you. If Lincoln's whole head is visible, your tire tread is low and you should replace them soon.

Schedule Tire Service

Drivers in the Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville area who notice that their tires are wearing out can always visit our parts center at Richmond Ford Lincoln. Our parts specialists will happily assist you in finding the right tire for your vehicle.

Visit our parts center or order online with Richmond Ford Lincoln.


Richmond Ford Lincoln

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