New Year. New Tires.

New tires part of your new year’s resolution? If your plan is to make your life better in any number of ways, add new tires to that list as you resolve to drive more safely. (Gotta like that perfect segue.)

A driver’s ability to control their vehicle depends on the traction between their tires and the road. Whether you live in Minnesota and experience rough winters, or in Florida and slosh through heavy rains, the proper tire allows you to handle the conditions Mother Nature throws your way. Mathematically it lays out like this: if snow-covered roads are a concern, it’s time to replace your tires when they reach approximately 6/32” of remaining tread depth. For rain and wet roads, you should consider replacing your tires when they reach approximately 4/32” of remaining tread depth.

What Honest Abe Doesn’t Tell You About Minimum Tread Depths

When do I need to replace my tires? Simply use a tire gauge or pull some spare change from your pocket to find out. Place a quarter into the tread grooves of your tires and if part of Washington’s head is covered, you have more than 4/32” of tread depth remaining. With a penny to measure tread depth, place it into the tread grooves and if the top of the Lincoln Memorial is covered, your tires have more than 6/32” of remaining tread depth.

Now there’s just one more thing: your new tires will require a break-in period for optimum performance.

Safety first. Happy New Year!

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