Bald tires are a danger to everyone, no exceptions.
In every situation, bald tires on a vehicle increase the risk of an accident.
To make matters worse, it’s estimated that one in 10 cars on the road today are driving on a bald tire. Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 26.2% of crashes involved a vehicle that didn’t have enough tread on a tire.
We want to help keep you safe, so to do that we’ll show you what to look for on your own tires and give you the information you need to make an informed decision on when it’s time to replace them.
Bald isn’t beautiful.
Without tread, your car would be virtually undrivable. Tire tread is what provides traction between your tire and the road. In stormy situations where rain, snow or ice are present, a lack of tread can send your car careening out of control.
The treads themselves are meticulously designed grooves that you can see on the surface of your tire. They aren’t there just because they look cool - they serve an important purpose.
For starters, significant tread wear on your tires can drastically decrease your ability to stop quickly. If you find yourself braking quickly with bald tires, it might not be enough to prevent an accident in even the best conditions.
And when you’re driving on a wet surface, your tire’s treads actually whisk away the water on your tire. This lets your tire keep a good grip on the road and prevents hydroplaning in even the worst of storms.
When conditions are dry, your treads also ensure that your car moves in the direction you tell it to with the steering wheel. The extra rubber helps prevent punctures too, which is always a plus.
When Are Your Tires Worn?
When your tire’s treads start to wear down or expose the metallic elements, or “tread wear bars” of the tire, you’re dangerously close to an accident and need to buy new tires immediately.
Thankfully, you don’t have to wait until your tires show exposed metal - you can purchase a tread depth gauge to check wear and tear. It’s by far the most accurate method of determining the true depth of your tread, helping you know when it’s time to replace them.
If you don’t have a tread depth gauge, your other option is simple: find a quarter. When you insert a quarter into your tread, you shouldn’t be able to see the top of Washington’s head.
We Can Help
Don’t make safety secondary. Schedule an appointment now, and we’ll give you our professional opinion on whether or not new tires are in order.