Tread is the rubber that runs along the outermost portion of wheels and tires. This is what provides friction on the road and grips its surface to prevent your vehicle from skidding as you drive. Like any other product, these will wear down over time and require replacement to stay effective. To help you stay safe on the road, here is more information about when to service your tires.
What Is the Purpose of Tread?
Unlike snow tires, all-season tires are designed to be used year-round and built to withstand a wide range of road and weather conditions. The tread is typically around 11/32 inches deep to allow the wheels and tires to firmly grip the road. This lets you keep control of the vehicle and steering even when it rains, preventing hydroplaning.
When the tread on these tires begins to wear away, the driver will often notice less traction when driving on wet pavement. Tread worn down to 2/32 inches has lost most of its effectiveness and can jeopardize the safety of anyone riding in the vehicle. At this point, tires need to be replaced or retreaded, which will restore their surface.
Getting the Most Out of Your Tires
To check whether your tire tread is sufficient, use the penny test. Insert a penny into the tread with Lincoln's head upside-down. If you can see the entire head, the ridge is too worn to provide traction. Visit a wheel and tire shop to replace them.
Your tires should also be adequately inflated to grip the road. As you drive, if you feel like the vehicle is sinking to one side, check the pressure gauge to verify whether your tires are deflated.
The wheel and tire professionals at Briggs Tire Service have been serving the Livingston County, NY, area for over four decades. They offer new and used tires, tire service, and tire retreading to ensure your vehicle is always road-ready. As a family-owned and -operated business, they’re dedicated to the highest levels of customer care. Visit their website view a gallery of their work and products or call (585) 346-3041 to schedule service.