A tire can have tread but not grip a wet road.
After the sweltering weather we’ve had recently, Wichita should see some cooler days ahead, according to weather forecasters. Those cooler days will be courtesy of rainy weather.
While the rain may be welcome to cool things off, it’s anything but when it comes to driving. Rain-slick streets can be dangerous. They can be especially slick if your tires are older. Even if you have tread.
“Car tires lose grip long before they wear out, but a … study from the Automobile Association of America (AAA) provides sobering information about just how dangerous older tires can become on rain-slickened roads,” Consumer Reports points out. “The study … shows that driving on wet roads with tires that have only 4⁄32 inch of tread depth left could increase the stopping distance of a passenger car by up to 87 feet and reduce a driver’s ability to control a vehicle by 33 percent.”
The information means that drivers need to be particularly vigilant about replacing worn tires. But, if tread is left, how is a driver to know whether to replace the tire?
Consumer Reports advises, ” Place an upside-down quarter in the grooves of a tire’s tread. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, it’s time to start shopping for new tires, because there’s only 4⁄32 inch of treadwear left.
“At 4⁄32 inch you still have some all-weather grip left, which will give owners time to research and shop for the best tire …
“Use the similar ‘penny test’ to determine whether your tires are worn to the point where they need to be replaced. Place a head-down penny into a major tire groove. If the the top of Lincoln’s head is visible, then the tread is 2⁄32 inch, and the tire is worn out and needs to be replaced immediately. Tires also have treadwear indicators—platforms or ‘bars’ sitting inside the major grooves that become flush when the tread wears down to 2⁄32 inch.”
If it’s time to start looking for new tires, or to replace your tires, then it’s time to talk with the Wichita tire specialists at Tracy’s Automotive.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.
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