Dangers of Not Replacing Old Tires on your Vehicle
Replacing your tires is one of the most important maintenance tasks you can have done. However, many drivers don’t know about the dangers of driving with old tires on their vehicle. Keep reading to learn why you should replace aging tires on your Acura.
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How Long Do Tires Last?
Thankfully, tire replacements are not frequent tasks that need to be completed. Depending on how often you drive, tires can last three to four years. Since this is a long period of time, we recommend keeping records of each tire replacement you make.
Perhaps you are a driver that relies on tread depth. Why keep records when you can just check the tread? If you don’t drive too often, this idea will become very dangerous. No matter how often you drive, you should always replace your tires every five years at maximum. As rubber ages, it will lose its elasticity and begin to break down. If you were to take a rubber band that has been sitting around for a few years, you may notice cracks. As tires are made of rubber, cracks will begin to form with age. These cracks could be on the outside or hidden inside.
Now, let’s say you wanted to use that old rubber band. Once you try to use it, the rubber easily snaps. Aged rubber on a tire can do the same. There have been cases where the tread of an old tire would suddenly snap away, causing loss of control of the vehicle. This creates an extremely dangerous situation for you and other drivers around you.
If you are approaching three or four years on your tires, don’t worry. Typically, the tread of your tires will wear out before the rubber compound does. If you don’t know the last time you replaced your tires, contact the most recent establishment that you had your tires replaced. Don’t forget about any spare tires, as these should also be kept up to date.