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The Importance of Tire Tread Depth

At Honest Wrenches, we offer an extensive range of tire services and tire options. Every set of tires is unique from one another. Besides, size, weight, brand, and price, of course, tire treads are an important aspect of tires. Tire treads are designed to keep you safer on the road.

The Importance of Tire Tread

Your car tires have tire treads that determine how your vehicle touches and grips the road. The tire tread spans the entire surface of the tire until it reaches the sidewall. Depending on your vehicle's needs and the conditions it operates in, your tire tread depth and patterns may look different from the intended performance. Treads can help your vehicle corner tighter, accelerate at higher speeds, and brake reliably.

In other words, having proper tire tread is key to safer driving. Below are the reasons why tire treads are so important:

  • Allows for proper traction
  • Smoother driving (acceleration, braking, turning)
  • Improves fuel economy

Tire treads wear down over time as they come in contact with the road. While this is natural, you should always make sure the treads wear down evenly between your front tires and rear tires. To ensure you get the most wear out of your tires, you need to have tire maintenance performed on time. Key tire maintenance practices include checking tire pressure, getting tire rotations, and having wheel alignment checked.

According to the US Department of Transportation, you should replace your car tires when the tread depth at or before they measure to be 2/32 of an inch. Once your car's tire treads reach this depth, it is no longer deemed safe for you to drive. You will fail your safety until you replace your vehicle's tires.

If you need your tire treads measured or require a set of new tires, please visit the local tire experts at Honest Wrenches. 

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