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  1. 1. According to most state laws, tires are legallyworn out 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. Consultyour local tire retailer if you need help with the condition of your setup
  2. 2. No matter where you live, or what time of the year it happens to be, thereis always the potential for inclement weather Any time it rains or snowsand you get behind the wheel of your car, you can be faced with drivingrisks Depending on road conditions and your driving speed, stopping onwet roads can take up to four times the normal distance And if your tiresare worn they can hydroplane, or skim over the surface of the roadwith little or no traction Unfortunately, there are more people than youmay realize who are sharing the road while driving on worn tiresRecently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)conducted a study of 11,500 cars, pickup trucks, vans, and sport-utilityvehicles and found that nearly 50% had at least one tire with half-worntread wear Another 10% had at least one bald tire
  3. 3. Worn tires especially bald ones office setup can be deadly on wetroads, where the grooves arent deep enough to channel water out frombeneath the tread The result is hydroplaning, where the tread wear allowthe tire to skim the waters surface and the vehicle no longer responds tothe steering wheel Wet weather braking and snow traction also decreasewith tread wear on balder tires Industry advocates like the RubberManufacturers Association (RMA) remind drivers to check their vehiclestires as part of regular seasonal maintenance
  4. 4. According to RMA research, two out of three drivers dont know how totell if their tires are bald The accepted standard for tires to be consideredbald is when one or more of their grooves reach 2/32 of an inch deep,compared with about 10/32 of an inch for new tires FYI - tire tread wearis usually measured in 1/32-inch increments To make bald tires easierfor owners to spot, manufacturers have placed a series of moldedhorizontal bars at the base of the grooves As the tire treads wears awaythe bars become flush with surrounding tread when the grooves depthreaches 2/32 of an inch Traditional tread condition has been easilychecked with a Lincoln penny Placing the penny upside down within thetread, if you saw the top of Lincolns head, the tire needed to be replacedHowever, testing shows that you should consider changing tires soonerThere is quite a dramatic difference between the stopping distance of atire with 2/32- inch of tread compared to 4/32
  5. 5. Using a quarter will help you quickly find out if you have 4/32- inch oftread left If you can see the top of Lincolns wig, then it is time to get newtires Since tire tread provides the gripping action and traction to preventa vehicle from slipping and sliding, a tire is not safe and should bereplaced when the tread is worn down to 1/16th of an inch Not only is itextremely important for your driving safety to ensure that your tires haveample tread, but its also very important to make sure your tires areproperly inflated It cant be stressed enough if you drive on tires thatare bald or substantially under-inflated you risk injury, or worse, to you,your passengers, and other drivers on the road Its important tounderstand the risks you face as a driver when driving in challengingweather conditions and the affect worn tires can have
  6. 6. Winter Grip Slips On Worn Tires Deep grooves and an array of smallslits, known as "sipes," help new tires bite into snow Shallower tread andworn-away sipes reduce snow grip, affecting traction on acceleration andoverall braking performance Summer Rain and Hydroplaning StartsSooner As Your Tread Wears Away Common sense should tell you thatthe faster you drive on wet pavement, the greater the risk of hydroplaning Simply put, higher speeds allow less time for water to escape throughthe tread grooves Shallower tread worsens that situation by allowingmore water to stay beneath the tire Less Tread = Longer Wet-WeatherStops Reduced wet-weather braking can be even more dangerous thanhydroplaning Compared with new tires, well-worn tires take much longerto stop, even on vehicles equipped with anti-lock braking systems Tobetter protect motorists, the NHTSA has launched a tire safety campaigncalled: "Tire Safety: Everything Rides on It " Through ads, brochures andradio ads, the campaign advises car owners to check their tires monthly,as well as prior to a long trip, to be sure they have safe tread wear, andwill stress the importance of proper tire inflation and vehicle load limits
  7. 7. About Belle Tire People have trusted Belle Tire for the best value since1922 Because at Belle Tire we challenge ourselves every day to makesure that you always get the lowest tire price, period Prove it to yourselfTake the Belle Tire Price Challenge Challenge us online, over the phoneor even challenge us right in the store Come in to any Belle Tire, andwell check other stores prices with you, right at the counter, and prove toyou that Belle Tire has the lowest tire prices, PERIOD! Plus, at Belle Tire,youll always get out the door with more value, services and protectionwith every tire installation than the competition can offer, at any price! Forthe Lowest Tire Price, Period and great low prices on Custom Wheels,Alignments, Brakes, Batteries, Oil and Lube, Shocks & Struts, WindshieldRepair and Replacement, and more Visit http://www belletire com andalso join our online communities: BELLE TIRE CARES BLOGFACEBOOK TWITTER
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