(NC)—Spring is in the air and everyone is looking for a fresh start with the season. Hang up your winter coats, put the snow shovel away and say goodbye to all things winter. Winter tires can be one of those pesky items (similar to holiday lights) that over–stay their welcome as people delay the tire change–over season. However, changing winter tires back over to all–seasons isn't just for aesthetics – it can mean a lot for your vehicle's performance.
Spring can also be a good time to assess whether it's time to re–tire. Before putting your all–season tires back on your vehicle there are a number of ways to tell whether or not you should be 'springing' for a new set.
Assess the following, says Goodyear Canada, to make sure your all–season tires are road–ready this spring:
Tread depth: Check the tread grooves to ensure they are free of foreign objects and that the tread has not worn down to 15 mm or less.
Irregular tread wear: Irregular tread wear causes high and low areas or unusually smooth areas on the tire. Often tires will have built–in tread wear indicators that appear across the tread when it is time to replace the tire.
Embedded objects: Nails, stones, glass or other sharp objects can cause leaks or more serious problems for the tire and need to be looked at and assessed by a mechanic to determine if the tire is salvageable or dangerous to drive on.
Sidewalls: Extreme wear, bulges or bubbles, holes or slits to the tire sidewall can make the tire no longer fit properly to the rim or create a potential safety issue.
Learn more about how to read a tire online at www.goodyear.ca.