Keeping good tires on your car could mean the difference between driving safely or experiencing a catastrophic accident. Knowing when to change them is a vital part of proper maintenance, but how do you know when it's time?
We put the question to Jeff Allen, owner of Flat 12 Gallery and star of CNBC Prime's "The Car Chasers." He shared many tips and warning signs to lookout for as an indicator of when your car needs new tires.
One easy way is to check by a visual inspection of the wear bars the factory has placed in the middle of the tire tread. These bars, which run perpendicular to the tread, are barely visible when tires are new. But as you pack on the miles, the wear bars become more visible and once they are level to the tire tread, it's time to get new tires.
Another easy method is to grab a penny, turn it upside down and stick it into the tread to measure its depth. If the president's head is covered up by the tread, then your tires are fine. But if the president's head is visible, then your tires are too worn and need changing.