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May 25, 2022

Avoid Road Accidents by Knowing Signs of Worn-Out Tires

Tires aren’t all that complicated. You don’t need your mechanic reminding you that they’re due for a replacement. It all comes down to your driving habits, the design of your tires, and how often you maintain them.

If you don’t inspect your tires regularly and see to it that they’re in good condition, their performance may gradually deteriorate, affecting your car’s ability to brake and turn. Worn-out tires may put you at risk of figuring in a road accident. To prevent this from happening, Veteran Car Donations has put together a list of ways to help you determine whether it’s time to replace your tires with new ones.

  1. Look at your tire treads.

The tread is the rubber part of the tire that makes contact with the road and keeps your car planted. Driving your car frequently, especially on rough pavements, causes the tread to deteriorate over time.

Have a tire expert check your tires once you see your tire tread depth reaching 1.6 mm. Another way is to check if the tread has already reached the tread wear indicator sign. Treadwear indicators, also called wear bars, are located at the base of the tire’s main grooves and are equally spaced around the tire. The treadwear indicators, which look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread, will appear on the tire when the point of wear is reached.

A much simpler way to determine if a tire is already worn out is to insert a penny into the tire’s tread groove with Abe Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it’s time to replace that tire.

  1. Check for signs of tire damage.

It’s dangerous to drive a car with tires that have cracks or bulges. Besides the danger, damaged tires can eventually lead to costly auto repairs. Signs of wear tell you that something’s wrong with your tires’ alignment or the tires are about to give up — and that you need to get them replaced.

  1. Consider your tires’ age.

Most tire manufacturers recommend the replacement of tires after five or six years of use. You can find your tire’s production year stamped on its sidewall. Some manufacturers use other digits and letters. However, your attention should be on the last 4 digits of the stamp, as they show you what year and week those tires were manufactured.  

  1. Pay attention to the feel of your tires while driving.

If you’re encountering a rough ride despite a smooth road, there’s a huge possibility that at least one of your tires is damaged or worn out. As soon as you notice vibrations or other disturbances, reduce your speed and drive carefully until you find a safe place to pull over. Replace the damaged tire with your spare tire. You can then take your car to the nearest tire dealer for examination.


Looking for the Best Way to Dispose Of Your Unwanted Car?

Do you have an old car in your garage that’s just gathering dust in your garage? If you’re no longer interested in driving it or if it’s no longer in good condition, it’s best to clear out your garage by donating that vehicle to us at Veteran Car Donations.

Handing that auto to us is more than just getting rid of it for free. You’ll also be helping the disadvantaged and neglected veterans in your community overcome the challenges they’re facing. These include homelessness due to poverty, inability to find decent jobs, service-connected disabilities, and serious illnesses, including mental disorders.

We’ll have your auto donation auctioned off, with the proceeds distributed to our veteran-focused charity partners. These IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofits use the funding we give them to provide deserving veterans with financial aid, free quality health care, family support, housing assistance, educational scholarships, psychotherapy services, employment opportunities, and many other services.

You will be amply rewarded for your charitable contribution. You will enjoy our fast and free pickup and towing service anywhere you are in the country. What’s more, you’ll also be entitled to receive the highest possible tax deduction in the next tax season.

However, the best reward you’ll get as a donor is the joy of knowing that your donation will be used to uplift the lives of our nation’s hurting heroes.

You can donate almost any type of vehicle whether still in good condition or no longer.

For more information about our vehicle donation program, you may browse through our FAQs page. Message us here or give us a call anytime through our toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822 if you have any concerns or inquiries,


Help Transform Lives Today!

Your car donation is the best gift you can give to the struggling veterans in your community. It can help transform their lives. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!

Veteran Car Donations operates in all 50 states.

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