Why Do Tires Have Treads?

​Treads on your car tires are more important then you may think. Treads are necessary to ensure that water travels under your tires, prevent hydroplaning and slipping. Over time, tires naturally wear down and leave the tires with less tread.

The legal tread limit for driving is no less than 2/32 of an inch. To test your tire treads, use the old penny trick. The top of Lincoln's head on the American penny is 2/32 of an inch from the top of a penny.

If you insert the penny into the tread and the entire head is exposed, the tread is too low. The difference between tires with 5/32 and 4/32 of an inch tread were found to create a stopping distance difference of over 200 feet.

If you are unsure about your tire tread, contact our service team as you may need to get new tires.

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