As the first point of contact between your vehicle and the road, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the tires play a key role in the performance and control of your vehicle. It’s why you’re able to maintain traction of the road in wet and icy conditions, so your car must always be equipped with a quality tire. At Premier1 Auto Care in San Antonio, Texas, we can help you find the right tire for your needs. Our ASE Certified technicians can quickly provide a digital vehicle inspection and see if you need new tires. If so, they’ll learn your driving history and budget limits to help you find and install the right tire so that you can get back on the road quickly.
For your vehicle to maintain quality control and traction, you need to make sure that you’re regularly replacing the tires. For the typical driver, they’ll need to replace a tire around 12,000 - 15,000 miles or 3 - 4 years, but this generalization shouldn’t be applied all the time. In fact, it's not even the best way to accurately determine when you need to change tires, as various driving conditions and habits can preserve or hasten the wear-and-tear on a tire.
So, how can you predict when a tire needs to be switched out? By using the Penny Test. This simple test helps you determine the depth of tread within the tire and see if it’s still safe for the road. To perform it, simply insert a penny headfirst into the tread of a tire and examine the coin. Can you see the “We” in “In God We Trust?” If so, the tire’s tread is below the minimum level of thickness, and it should be replaced. You want the tread to be at or above 2/32 of an inch, as that is the recommended level of thickness a tire’s tread should have. Make sure you test various spots within the tire as well to accurately gauge its overall condition. So the next time you’re wondering if you need to replace a tire, use the Penny Test! It’ll give you the quick info you need so you can take action right away.
Are you in the market for new tires? Or are you looking to purchase a spare for those emergencies? Whatever your tire needs may be, know that the team at Premier1 Auto Care in San Antonio, Texas, can meet them. Our knowledgeable staff can help you find the right tire for your needs. Whether you’re looking to off-road or need something for everyday use, we’ll be able to find the right tire and quickly install it so you can experience the benefits right away.
Have questions about our selection? Want to know if we carry a specific brand? Call our shop at (210) 202-1902 and chat with one of our staff members, as they’re always available to help you. Find yourself in our neck of the woods? Feel free to stop by and see what we have in person! You’ll find us on 16308 San Pedro Avenue, right next to the Hollywood Park Police Department! We can’t wait to meet you.