When you realize that your tire has a serious air leak or your tread is wearing down, you take your car in for tire replacement, right? Driving on thinning or older tires can be unsafe and lead to serious safety risks.
The same is true of golf cart tires.
While you're not likely to go spinning off the road into a ditch as a result of worn-out golf cart tires, that doesn't mean you should ignore the problem.
Basic maintenance like tire replacement, battery upkeep, and making sure you bring your cart in for a tuneup now and again can help keep you and your family safe — whether you're out on the golf course or just cruising around the neighborhood.
How Do You Know If Your Golf Cart Tires Need to be Replaced?
You may notice a few different issues arise as your golf cart tires age.
First off, the tread will begin to grow thin. In serious cases, you might start to see metallic 'threads' showing through. If you notice this, do not drive your golf cart or ATV again until the tires have been switched out.
You have trouble getting your golf cart "up to speed". If tires leak air, they go flat. This increases the amount of effort needed to move the weight of the cart at the intended speed, which means that you may find yourself having trouble even getting to your golf cart's top speed at all. If so, check the air in your tires. You may be able to fix it with a simple patch, or you may need to bring it in for a tire replacement.
You start seeing cracks in the rubber of the tires. Minute little cracks may not seem like a big deal, but as they grow, they increase the chances of your tire leaking, breaking up, or even bursting. Golf cart tires can blow out just like the tires on a regular vehicle can.
Is It Really a Big Deal to Drive on Old Golf Cart Tires?
It definitely can be. With the exception of those who drive their golf carts or ATVs on the road, most golf cart operators don't wear seat belts. Golf carts don't have airbags either, which means if your tires give out while you're driving, you and your passengers could be thrown from the vehicle or otherwise seriously injured. Even a low-speed wreck could be serious.
Checking up on your tires now and then to help ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones is worth every minute it takes.
Even if you're capable of fixing your own tires, make sure you check with your local golf cart dealer to choose the right set of new tires for replacements. Just like cars, different golf carts require different types of tires to work most efficiently.
Need Golf Cart Tire Replacements in South Carolina?
At Go With Garrett's Golf Cars and Specialty Vehicles, our service and parts department is staffed with experienced, qualified technicians who treat each and every golf cart like their very own.
You'll receive friendly service and knowledgeable advice as to which tires are right for you. We base our recommendations on your type of golf cart, how often you drive it, and whether or not you have lift kits, extra cargo space, or other customizations that affect how your golf cart's weight is distributed.