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Why your tires matter

Your tires are the last thing between you and the road, so it's vitally important that they're in good condition and performing reliably for you. At Paul Thigpen Ford Lincoln, we know tires that are damaged or getting worn can make it harder for your car to safely navigate wet, slippery surfaces or other roadway situations that are less than ideal. If you're driving on tires with little or no tread, you're at risk of a blowout which can lead to an accident.

How to tell if it's time for new tires, #1: Old age

Perhaps the most definitive sign that you need new tires is when you've had them for a long time. What does "long time" mean? Most tires should last about five or six years. Yes, they can last longer but Car & Driver says you shouldn't go longer than ten years. The reason is because rubber breaks down over time, thanks to all the rough surfaces, the miles and the punishing weather that tires have to face. Even with lower miles, age does matter.

#2: The penny test

Insert a penny in the tire tread, putting Abraham Lincoln's head downward toward the tire. If the top of Abe's head is easily visible, your tires are worn out and you need to see us about new ones. The reason you can be confident this test works is because the organization that monitors highway safety recommends new tires when tread depth is 2/32 of an inch. Make the short trip from Baxley or Metter, and we'll check your tires for you.

#3: Tread indicators

Today's tires usually have tread-depth indicators that are small, round metal "pegs" between the treads. When tread depth wears down as you drive around Lyons, GA, those pegs come in contact with the road and start making annoying noises that tell you that your tires need to be checked. As tire specialists, we can check the tread depth of your tires at Paul Thigpen Ford Lincoln and tell you if it's time for new tires.

We have plenty of new tires in stock at Paul Thigpen Ford Lincoln

When you need new tires, we have the most reliable brands including Michelin, Pirelli, Dunlop, Goodyear, Bridgestone and Firestone. Ask us to rotate your tires regularly and let us check them for tread depth and wear. Our tire expertise can help keep you and your family safe with quality tires from Paul Thigpen Ford Lincoln in Vidalia, GA.

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  1. Paul Thigpen Ford Lincoln

    2607 First Street East
    Vidalia, GA 30474

    • Sales: 912-537-3673
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