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According to most state laws, tires are legally worn
out when they have worn down to 2/32" of remaining
tread depth. Tread wear can be identified by using
U.S. coins substituted for a tire tread depth gauge
as tires wear. Consult your local tire retailer if you
need help with the condition of your tires.

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No matter where you live, or what time of the year it happens to be, there
is always the potential for inclement weather Any time it rains or snows
and you get behind the wheel of your car, office setup you can be faced
with driving risks Depending on road conditions and your driving speed,
stopping on wet roads can take up to four times the normal distance And
if your tires are worn they can hydroplane, or skim over the surface of
the road with little or no traction

Unfortunately, there are more people than you may realize who are
sharing the road while driving on worn tires Recently, the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study of
11,500 cars, pickup trucks, vans, and sport-utility vehicles and found that
nearly 50% had at least one tire with half-worn tread wear Another 10%
had at least one bald tire Worn tires especially bald ones

can be deadly on wet roads, where the grooves aren't deep enough to
channel water out from beneath the tread The result is hydroplaning,
where the tread wear allow the tire to skim the water's surface and the
vehicle no longer responds to the steering wheel Wet weather braking
and snow traction also decrease with tread wear on balder tires Industry
advocates like the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) remind
drivers to check their vehicle's tires as part of regular seasonal
maintenance According to RMA research, two out of three drivers don't
know how to tell if their tires are bald

The accepted standard for tires to be considered bald is when one or
more of their grooves reach 2/32 of an inch deep, compared with about
10/32 of an inch for new tires FYI - tire tread wear is usually measured in
1/32-inch increments To make bald tires easier for owners to spot,
manufacturers have placed a series of molded horizontal bars at the base
of the grooves As the tire treads wears away the bars become flush with
surrounding tread when the groove's depth reaches 2/32 of an inch
Traditional tread condition has been easily checked with a Lincoln penny
Placing the penny upside down within the tread, if you saw the top of
Lincoln's head, the tire needed to be replaced However, testing shows
that you should consider changing tires sooner

There is quite a dramatic difference between the stopping distance of a
tire with 2/32- inch of tread compared to 4/32 Using a quarter will help
you quickly find out if you have 4/32- inch of tread left If you can see the
top of Lincoln's wig, then it is time to get new tires Since tire tread
provides the gripping action and traction to prevent a vehicle from
slipping and sliding, a tire is not safe and should be replaced when the
tread is worn down to 1/16th of an inch Not only is it extremely important
for your driving safety to ensure that your tires have ample tread, but it's
also very important to make sure your tires are properly inflated It can't
be stressed enough

if you drive on tires that are bald or substantially under-inflated you risk
injury, or worse, to you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road
It's important to understand the risks you face as a driver when driving in
challenging weather conditions and the affect worn tires can have
Winter Grip Slips On Worn Tires Deep grooves and an array of small
slits, known as "sipes," help new tires bite into snow Shallower tread and
worn-away sipes reduce snow grip, affecting traction on acceleration and
overall braking performance Summer Rain and Hydroplaning Starts
Sooner As Your Tread Wears Away Common sense should tell you that
the faster you drive on wet pavement, the greater the risk of hydroplaning
Simply put, higher speeds allow less time for water to escape through
the tread grooves

Shallower tread worsens that situation by allowing more water to stay
beneath the tire Less Tread = Longer Wet-Weather Stops Reduced
wet-weather braking can be even more dangerous than hydroplaning
Compared with new tires, well-worn tires take much longer to stop, even
on vehicles equipped with anti-lock braking systems To better protect
motorists, the NHTSA has launched a tire safety campaign called: "Tire
Safety: Everything Rides on It " Through ads, brochures and radio ads,
the campaign advises car owners to check their tires monthly, as well as
prior to a long trip, to be sure they have safe tread wear, and will stress
the importance of proper tire inflation and vehicle load limits About Belle
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