Your brand new or used car might be in solid condition for the first few years, but when your tires endure the impacts of a rough highway, changing them should be a priority. Tires will inevitably wear over time, so before you're thrown into a hazardous situation, it's important to know how to determine whether your tires need to be replaced. In any case, it's vital that you replace your tires before something goes wrong, not after the fact. 

At Piazza Subaru, the leading car dealership in Berks County, driver safety is our primary concern. Before you jump into the winter season with worn out tires, lets review 3 issues that might indicate it's time to replace your tires.


Have you ever noticed your car shaking or vibrating when you hit 40-50 mph? While some vibration is common on bumpy roads, you're typically aware of just how much shaking is normal for your car. Consistently progressive shakes can be the result of unbalanced or misaligned tires. If your tires are not the issue, these vigorous vibrations can unfortunately damage your wheels. If you notice your car is vibrating more than usual, it's recommended to check your tires, as they may be affected. For your safety and for the safety of those around you on the road, make sure your tires are properly balanced. 

Tread Depth 

When it comes to car maintenance, tread depth is often overlooked. The best way to maximize performance and safety is to check the tread depth of your tire to ensure they are in good condition. A tire tread that is 2/32nds of an inch or less is a clear indicator that it's time to change your tires. If the tread on your tires is too worn out, they won't stand against harsh weather conditions, such as rain. Tires that are worn out will lose their grip, are more likely to hydroplane, and become vulnerable to further damage.  

Cracks on The Side Wall

Similar to rubber bands, tires also get worn out and brittle over time. When you stretch an old rubber band, you'll notice little cracks throughout - the same goes for tires, except you don't have to pull it to see cracks along the sidewall. With age, excessive heat, and sun exposure, it's not uncommon for tires to begin cracking. It's essential, however, to replace your tires as soon as you notice these cracks to prevent further tire wear. 

At Piazza Subaru, we are committed to providing continued quality care to all of our customers. By offering an extensive inventory of new models, such as the Subaru WRX, customers have endless options to choose from. If you are interested in one of the new or used vehicle models in our inventory, please call 888-690-2369.