Not every 30,000-mile tire needs to be changed out when the odometer turns over that magic number. Check out these quick tips to help you decide if it’s time for some new shoes for your baby:

  • Penny Test: When you stick a penny head-down between the treads, can you see all of Abe Lincoln’s head? If yes, it’s time for new tires.
  • Check the Production Date: Tires degrade over time. The rubber can fail after six years. Run the code through the manufacturer’s website. If they were made more than five years ago–even if you have run them for only two–it’s time to buy new ones.
  • Sidewalls Cracking: As rubber ages, it cracks. If you see serious signs of age, don’t wait and be safe.