Did your mom or dad ever teach you the penny test to check if your car is ready for new tires? The one where you place a penny upside down in the tread groove of a tire, and see how much of Lincoln's head is covered? According to this old trick, if you can see the top of Lincoln's head, or any of the copper above, you should replace the tires immediately. If good ol' Honest Abe's hair is partially visible, it's time to start seeking out tire specials. When all of Lincoln's hair is covered, you have plenty of time before it is necessary to replace your tires.

We're not saying this tried and true trick doesn't work, but even if your tires pass the penny test, it might be time to reexamine them. Poor weather conditions wear down the tread on your tire every time you drive, which means your tires are always losing traction. The tread on a tire diverts liquids, like snow or rain, out from under the tire to prevent hydroplaning, skidding and poor handling.

Why Should you ensure your tires are always properly inflated?

  • Your vehicle performs and handles at its absolute best on fully inflated tires, which will help you to feel safer.
  • It is crucial for a tire to have the proper air pressure at all times. Not only does that promote better fuel economy, but it can extend the life of the tire by as much 50 percent. Under-inflated tires can exhibit cupping, in which they wear unevenly on the edges of the tread and can cause excess noise and vibrations.
  • A frequent cause of tire damage is improper inflation. Regularly checking your tires' pressure levels can avoid blowouts down the road.
  • During average weather, tires can lose air at the rate of one pound per month. But during a cold Maine winter, a tire can lose one pound of pressure each time the temperature drops another 10 degrees.

What else should you do to ensure your tires are in excellent condition?

  • Avoid blowouts by checking tire pressure regularly for proper inflation.
  • Have your tires rotated when you're getting your oil changed, and rotate your tires in pairs.
  • Bring your car to our Yarmouth service center for replacement tires after six years or 50,000 miles.
  • Watch for wear bars (smooth rubber across the tire head), bulges or bubbles in the tire, cracking in the tread grooves, sudden loss of tire pressure and vibrations while driving.

Our goal is for your vehicle to be completely safe at all times, so if you notice any of these irregularities see one of the excellent service technicians at our Ford dealership in Yarmouth today. We'll have you back on the road in no time!