The Tire Shop Guide to Tire Safety

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Keeping yourself, your passengers, and other drivers safe while driving should be the highest priority of every driver. Safety on the road starts with a set of tires that are in good condition to help prevent hydroplaning, pulling to one side, or experiencing a dangerous blowout. Tires that are unevenly worn, older, poorly inflated and pressurized, or punctured, can be dangerous to yourself and your family. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help keep you on the road and make sure your tires are safe to drive on. 

When you go to a tire shop, you are not only looking for the best tire deals—you want to make sure that your tires are going to be long-lasting and safe for your vehicle. Worn out tread, age, uneven wear, are all signs that it is time to buy tires from a tire store. Watching for these signs can help keep you safe on the road and prevent an accident while driving. When you need to buy tires, be sure to come to a Driver’s Edge for the best tire deals

Checking Tire Tread Depth

There are several signs that you can see to let you know it's time to get to a tire store. The most visibly recognizable sign that you may need to buy tires is the level of tread depth on your tires. This can be measured with a tread depth tool to see the exact depth, but you can also check with a small coin to see approximately how deep your tread is. If you check the tread depth using a small coin and can see most of the face of the coin, it is time to stop by a tire store. 

Worn out tire tread is also a definite indicator that your tires need replacing as this means the tire is worn down and breaking down from use and age. 

Good Tire Rotation & Balance Schedules

Making sure your tires are wearing evenly helps you get the most out of your tires and keeps you on the road longer without a blowout. Because the front of the vehicle is typically much heavier than the back of the vehicle, the front tires are likely to wear down much more quickly than the rear tires. Because of this, regularly rotating your tires improves their longevity and keeps them from getting too worn from being in one position longer than they should be. 

When you come to Driver’s Edge for tire rotation, we will also balance your tires to keep them in the proper position within the wheel itself. Keeping tires evenly balanced prevents your tires from wobbling while driving, wearing out unevenly, bursting unexpectedly, or needing to be replaced early. By balancing your tires in the wheels, you ensure that the weight distribution is even across your tires and one tire is not bearing more than it is designed to endure. 

Be sure to have a good feel for the way your vehicle drives. It should be a relatively smooth ride if everything is operating as it should. If you are experiencing heavy vibrations, wobbling, or uneven tire wear, it is time to visit the tire shop to have it checked out or buy some new tires. 

When you buy tires from Driver’s Edge, we will make sure your tires are properly rotated and balanced so that you can get the most out of them. Proper tire rotation and balancing improves fuel economy, helps you to maintain traction, and can help braking functionality. Not only do we want to offer great tire deals — we also want your tires to last as long as possible through proper maintenance and tire safety. It is our mission to keep you safe on the road with reliable tires that are properly rotated, balanced, and cared for.

How Alignment Fits In

Keeping your wheels correctly aligned is crucial to the safety of driving your vehicle and the longevity of your tires. Aligning your wheels correctly has to do with the direction your vehicle moves as you steer. If you notice a pulling to one side or the other or see some uneven wear on your tires, it is time to have your alignment checked. Poor alignment will cause your tires to wear out on one side of the tire which means you may need to replace them before you should have to. Uneven wear on your tires could potentially cause a sudden blowout and be a danger to you and other drivers. 

Some signs to look for to know if your vehicle is not correctly aligned are:

  • Pulling to the left or the right while driving
  • Drifting
  • Rumbling when turning the steering wheel
  • Uneven steering wheel when you are driving straight ahead 

Each of these can mean that your vehicle needs to have the alignment checked out and that your tires could be wearing out unevenly. 

When we check your wheel alignment, we use state-of-the-art technology to ensure that we get it just right so that your tires are safe to drive on. Using a computerized alignment system, you can be sure that the tires you get from a Driver’s Edge tire shop are going to be properly rotated, aligned, and maintained to be long lasting and safe. 

Proper Tire Pressure and Inflation

Now that your tires are at the appropriate tread depth and are properly rotated, balanced, and aligned, it is time to make sure that your tires are filled to the correct pressure for your vehicle. You want to get the most out of your tires and keeping them at the correct air pressure will help them to last as long as they should. 

Each vehicle is going to have a different pressure that the tires need to be filled to in order to keep the vehicle running smoothly and economically. This pressure can typically be found inside the driver’s side door on the Tire Pressure Sticker. This will tell you what size you need when you buy tires, the air pressure to fill them to, and how to fill them in summer and winter. Be sure to fill your tires appropriately according to your vehicle’s needs. 

How to Know You Need New Tires

When you step into a tire shop, you are looking for the best tire deals and want to know that your tires are going to be reliable and safe. As a trusted name in the auto service industry, Driver’s Edge is the place to start.  But how do you know when you need to consider buying some new tires?

Here are some signs that your tires need replacing:

  • You notice your tread is wearing thin and lacks depth
  • You feel a vibration or wobble while driving
  • You hear a thumping noise while driving
  • Your vehicle has poor traction
  • You notice uneven wear on your tires
  • There is a puncture in your tires
  • Your tires keep losing pressure

Getting New Tires From Driver’s Edge Tire Shop

Driver’s Edge has the expertise, tire selection, and tire deals you are looking for. Contact us today to get started buying your new set of tires.  

Need more than just tires? We offer a range of services for your vehicle to meet your car maintenance and service needs. From preventative maintenance to air conditioning and brake service, we have got you covered with professional service at a reasonable price.  


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