4 Signs That Your Automobile's Tires Are No Longer Safe To Drive On

Posted on: 21 January 2018

An automobile is made up of many components that allows it to run properly, but few parts on a car are as important to your safety as the tires. Your vehicle's tires undergo a lot of stress and wear and tear on a daily basis, but it is important to recognize when your car's tires are no longer safe to drive on. Some of the common signs that your tires are a hazard include:

Low Tread

New tires have tread running across the surface, which helps the tires to grip the road and handle properly. But as you put miles on your car's tires, the tread will begin to wear down due to friction from the road. As an auto owner, it is important to pay attention to the amount of tread on your tires. If there is barely any tread left on your tires or if your tires are bald, it is essential to get new tires as soon as possible. Driving on tires with low or know tread can be very dangerous and may lead to a blow out or an accident.

Sidewall Has Cracks or Blisters

Tires that are in good condition are smooth and don't have any imperfections. If you do a visual inspection of your car's tires and see that the sidewalls have developed cracks or blisters, it is important to visit a tire shop as soon as you can. Best case scenario, cracks or blisters may lead to a slow leak. Worst case scenario, the cracks and blisters are serious enough to effect the integrity of your tires and make them dangerous to drive on.


There are several things that can cause bulges on a tire, such as driving over a large pothole, hitting a curb, or driving for an extended period of time with low tire pressure. Once a tire develops a bulge, it can't be repaired and should be replaced immediately. Driving on one or more tires that has a bulging sidewall can significantly increase the chance of a tire blowout while driving. 

Uneven Wear on the Tires

When the tires are properly inflated, balanced, and aligned, the front tires and back tires should wear out evenly across the surface of the tire. Problems with tire inflation, balance, and alignment can cause tires to wear out unevenly, and in most cases you will need to replace your tires. When you get new tires, ensure that you invest in having them balanced and aligned and check the tire pressure regularly to make sure that they are properly inflated.