Tire tread is very important when it comes to stopping. It can make the difference of you stopping at a red light or potentially crashing. Here is how you can tell whether or not you need new tires.
Hi, I’m Nancy Kneble from Kneble’s Auto Service Center and I have a question for you. Do you need new tires? How do you know if you need new tires? Is this important? Why is it important?
Well, realize that the tires are the only thing on your car that touches the road. Good tires have proper tire tread. This is important in helping with traction in all weather condition. It gives better gas mileage and also improves the stopping distance.
The quickest and easiest test to do is the penny test. Anybody can do it. Take your penny and you’re going to insert him in your tire tread. I have a sample here. Sorry, President Lincoln. You’re needed for a very important task. Put him in your tire tread. If you see his head, which we do not in this sample, it’s because this is a sample of a new tire tread depth. It is approximately 9 to 12/32 inches.
The next sample is about 4/32 inches and you can see his head and that’s telling you it’s time to consider replacing your tires.
The last sample, clearly you can see his whole head. Hi Mr. Lincoln. And what is he telling you? He’s saying, “Immediately go out and buy tires.” Realize that the stopping distance of having no tire tread is the minimum of 250 feet required or more than 15 car lengths. Versus new tire tread having a stopping distance of only nine car lengths or 160 feet. This could mean the difference between having an accident or preventing one.
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