Tire Safety: Car Maintenance 101

According to the National motor vehicle crash causation survey under plated tires is the leading cause of Tire failure. Every year an estimated 90 people died and 3200 received injuries in crashes influence by Tire aging or a tire wear. Did you know that one in four cars also have at least one tire that is significantly under plated? And only 19% of consumers properly check and inflate their tires. So how deep is your truck?

 

When it comes to checking out your tires there are few tests that you can do in order to make sure they are safe for the road. You can do the quarter test, the penny test, or use at red indicator. When you want to perform the quarter test, simply insert a quarter into the tires tread Groove with President Washington's head upside down and facing you. It's at Red touches the top of Washington's head you have at least 4/32” remaining -  if you can see Washington said it's time to replace your tires. For the penny test, you can insert a penny into the tires ride Groove with President Lincoln's head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of President Lincoln's head, the tread depth is less than 2/32” and it is definitely time to replace the tires. When using a tire indicator to check your tires tread wear, you will want to look at the indicator bar at the bottom of the tread grooves. When the bars are flush with the adjacent ribs there's less than 2/32” and like the penny test - it’s time to get new wheels. Why?

 

Vehicles with tire tread depth of 2/32” or less where three times more likely to experience Tire problems - so it’s best to start shopping when your tire tread reads this low. So where do you start? Discount Tire has some low options to choose from!What if you weren't sure what to buy? Well, you can always ask a salesperson and they will be quite honest with what you should buy. Although, they could ask you to buy the most expensive Tire. However, you might be more apt to go for the least expensive Tire because of the fact that you might not really have that much money to spend. However, as a rule of thumb you should always go with the middle priced Tire. My father always said that the middle price tire was the best because of the fact that you know you're getting a really great deal. That's because it's not the lowest and that red will wear more easy and less fast than the cheapest tire. And you aren't buying the most expensive Tire!

 

Also, if you're not sure whether or not you should replace the tires just think about the fact that when you do your fuel economy will improve. Under-inflated tires can increase fuel costs by 3 to $0.05 per gallon. That's a lot of funny when it comes to a year's worth of unsafe tire tread. When you replace your tires you will have peace of mind and safety for you, your other passengers and other people on the road.