How to Prevent Summer Tire Blowouts & Accidents: 6 Tips (Pt. 3)
August 8, 2014
Concluding our blog series How to Prevent Summer Tire Blowouts & Accidents: 6 Tips, below we will discuss some final tips regarding what you can do to properly maintain your tires, reduce the risk of tire blowouts and, as a result, minimize your overall risk of getting into a car accident this summer.
Final Tips That Can Help You Prevent Tire Blowouts…
Tip 5 – Check the tread.
Your tires’ tread can be just as important than the air pressure, as the tread is essential in providing traction – particularly in less than ideal conditions (such as when roads are icy, snowy, slick, etc.). Here are some specific things to know when it comes to checking tire tread:
- At the very minimum, tires should have at least 2/32” of tread on them for standard driving conditions (i.e., when there are no poor weather or road conditions to contend with). You can check to see if your tires have at least this much tread by placing a penny, facing upside down, between the tread grooves. If the top of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, there is at least 2/32” of tread remaining.
- In rainy conditions, tires should have at least 4/32” of tread to provide sufficient traction for safe driving. To check this amount of tread, place a quarter, facing upside down, between the tread grooves. If the top of Washington’s head is covered by the tread, then there is at least 4/32” of tread remaining.
- In snowy conditions, tires should have at least 6/32” of tread on them. To check this, use the penny test again. If the tread covers the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the penny, then there is at least 6/32” of tread remaining.
Tip 6 – Replace your tires when necessary.
While this may seem like a very obvious tip for preventing tire blowouts, the fact is that some people will try to squeeze as much mileage out of their tires as possible by continuing to drive on tires that are clearly worn out and that clearly need to be replaced.
This is a dangerous gamble with their safety, as well as the safety of other people on the road, because worn down tires are far more likely to blowout with even the slightest complications (like, for example, hitting a curb or a small object in the roadway).
Therefore, being diligent about replacing a vehicle’s tires when their life is clearly up will be critical to minimizing the risk of blowouts and car accidents.
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