What Are the Signs You Need New Tires?

September 15th, 2021 by

Your vehicle’s tires might be dangerously low on tread or air yet you might not know it. Tires are out of sight when driving so they are usually out of mind. If any of the following warning signs you need new tires arise when driving, reach out to our tire experts to schedule a visit for prompt assistance. Without further ado, here is a quick look at when you should replace your tires.

An Uncomfortable or Loud Driving Experience

If your vehicle no longer drives smoothly, wobbles or generates noise when you pick up speed, there is a good chance it is time for new tires. Tire performance is important as it is the point of contact between the vehicle and the road. Tires that wear down will lead to a litany of issues that have the potential to spur costly repairs. The better approach is to have your tires analyzed by our auto experts and replaced if necessary.

Signs You Need New Tires

Check the Tire Tread Depth

You can check the tread depth of your vehicle’s tires on your own with the penny test. This simple test involves inserting a penny into the tire’s tread groove. If Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread and you don’t have any issues when driving in inclement weather, your tire tread depth is acceptable. However, if Lincoln’s head is not fully covered, you probably need new tires. In general, when tire tread depth hits 2/32 inches, expect to change tires.

The Tire Pressure Light Illuminates Over and Over Again

The typical modern vehicle has a tire pressure monitoring system, often abbreviated to TPMS. This system gauges when the tires are properly inflated. If the tire pressure light on your dashboard continues to illuminate even after you add the right pressure level to your tires, it is an indication that the tire is worn to the point that it requires replacement.


Tires tend to have a lifespan of a couple years. Those who commute to work every single day should have their tire tread depth and overall quality checked at least once every two years or less. Check your tire paperwork to determine their true age. If the tires are more than two years old, there is a chance they need prompt replacement. Bring your vehicle to Gloucester Toyota for analysis and we will let you know if you can continue driving on your old tires or if tire replacement will be necessary.

Signs You Need New Tires by Gloucester Toyota

Visible Cords or Damage

Tire tread that has fully worn off will lead to visible cords. Polyester or metal cords play an important role in supporting tire structure. If such cords are visible or if you spot other damage to your car’s tires, it is a sign there is not enough traction in that section of the tire. Such damage makes the vehicle unsafe for the roads. Have your tires promptly replaced and you won’t worry about whether the rubber spinning beneath you can safely transport you to your destination.

Cracks or Bulges

Rubber will gradually dry and crack as a result of the aging process. Such cracking has the potential to cause a blowout that puts you in harm’s way when driving. The sidewalls will also gradually wear down as time progresses. Harsh weather, scraping curbs and a faulty alignment will cause premature wear of the sidewalls that necessitates prompt tire replacement.


  • Replace your vehicle’s tires at least once every two to three years to prevent accidents.
  • Pay close attention to your vehicle’s tires for the signs you need new tires detailed above.
  • Gloucester Toyota has all of your tire needs covered.

Have Your Tires Serviced at Gloucester Toyota

If you notice any of the signs highlighted above, contact our tire specialists right away for a tire analysis, repair or replacement. You can reach our service team by dialing (804) 693-2100.

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