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  1. 1. According to most state laws, tires are legally wornout when they have worn down to 2/32" of remaining tread depth. Tread wear can be identified by using U.S. coins substituted for a tire tread depth gauge as tires wear. Consult your local tire retailer if you need help with the condition of your tires.IT support
  2. 2. No matter where you live, or what time of the year it happens to be,there is always the potential for inclement weather Any time it rainsor snows and you get behind the wheel of your car, you can be facedwith driving risks Depending on road conditions and your drivingspeed, stopping on wet roads can take up to four times the normaldistance And if your tires are worn they can hydroplane, or skimover the surface of the road with little or no traction
  3. 3. Unfortunately, there are more people than you may realize who aresharing the road while driving on worn tires Recently, the NationalHighway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study of11,500 cars, pickup trucks, vans, and sport-utility vehicles and foundthat nearly 50% had at least one tire with half-worn tread wearAnother 10% had at least one bald tire Worn tires especially baldones
  4. 4. can be deadly on wet roads, where the grooves arent deepenough to channel water out from beneath the tread The result ishydroplaning, where the tread wear allow the tire to skim the waterssurface and the vehicle no longer responds to the steering wheelWet weather braking and snow traction also decrease with treadwear on balder tires Industry advocates like the RubberManufacturers Association (RMA) remind drivers to check theirvehicles tires as part of regular seasonal maintenance
  5. 5. According to RMA research, two out of three drivers dont know howto tell if their tires are bald The accepted standard for tires to beconsidered bald is when one or more of their grooves reach 2/32 ofan inch deep, compared with about 10/32 of an inch for new tiresFYI - tire tread wear is usually measured in 1/32-inch increments Tomake bald tires easier for owners to spot, manufacturers haveplaced a series of molded horizontal bars at the base of the groovesAs the tire treads wears away the bars become flush withsurrounding tread when the grooves depth reaches 2/32 of an inchTraditional tread condition has been easily checked with a Lincolnpenny
  6. 6. Placing the penny upside down within the tread, if you saw the topof Lincolns head, the tire needed to be replaced However, testingshows that you should consider changing tires sooner There is quitea dramatic difference between the stopping distance of a tire with2/32- inch of tread compared to 4/32 Using a quarter will help youquickly find out if you have 4/32- inch of tread left If you can see thetop of Lincolns wig, then it is time to get new tires Since tire treadprovides the gripping action and traction to prevent a vehicle fromslipping and sliding, a tire is not safe and should be replaced whenthe tread is worn down to 1/16th of an inch
  7. 7. Not only is it extremely important for your driving safety to ensurethat your tires have ample tread, but its also very important to ITsupport make sure your tires are properly inflated It cant bestressed enough if you drive on tires that are bald or substantiallyunder-inflated you risk injury, or worse, to you, your passengers, andother drivers on the road Its important to understand the risks youface as a driver when driving in challenging weather conditions andthe affect worn tires can have
  8. 8. Winter Grip Slips On Worn Tires Deep grooves and an array ofsmall slits, known as "sipes," help new tires bite into snow Shallowertread and worn-away sipes reduce snow grip, affecting traction onacceleration and overall braking performance Summer Rain andHydroplaning Starts Sooner As Your Tread Wears Away Commonsense should tell you that the faster you drive on wet pavement, thegreater the risk of hydroplaning Simply put, higher speeds allow lesstime for water to escape through the tread grooves Shallower treadworsens that situation by allowing more water to stay beneath thetire Less Tread = Longer Wet-Weather Stops Reduced wet-weatherbraking can be even more dangerous than hydroplaning
  9. 9. Compared with new tires, well-worn tires take much longer to stop,even on vehicles equipped with anti-lock braking systems To betterprotect motorists, the NHTSA has launched a tire safety campaigncalled: "Tire Safety: Everything Rides on It " Through ads, brochuresand radio ads, the campaign advises car owners to check their tiresmonthly, as well as prior to a long trip, to be sure they have safetread wear, and will stress the importance of proper tire inflation andvehicle load limits About Belle Tire People have trusted Belle Tirefor the best value since 1922 Because at Belle Tire we challengeourselves every day to make sure that you always get the lowest tireprice, period Prove it to yourself
  10. 10. Take the Belle Tire Price Challenge Challenge us online, over thephone or even challenge us right in the store Come in to any BelleTire, and well check other stores prices with you, right at thecounter, and prove to you that Belle Tire has the lowest tire prices,PERIOD! Plus, at Belle Tire, youll always get out the door with morevalue, services and protection with every tire installation than thecompetition can offer, at any price! For the Lowest Tire Price, Periodand great low prices on Custom Wheels, Alignments, Brakes,Batteries, Oil and Lube, Shocks & Struts, Windshield Repair andReplacement, and more Visit http://www belletire com and also joinour online communities: BELLE TIRE CARES BLOG FACEBOOKTWITTER
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