Are Worn Tires Really Safe?

Did you know that Used Tires Wheels that have half of their tread left are more dangerous than you think? It’s true - this is another reason why tires are one of the most important components of your vehicle.

Some tires are prone to lose their footing so much longer before they wear out. According to some tests that were ran by ConsumerReports.org, tread on your Used Tires Wheels can give up a lot of their grip when it’s still at the halfway point. When you think about it, that must mean that there’s too many people driving with tires that are worn out - and they don’t even realize it. Back in 2009, there was a study done by the NHTSA that stated almost 50% of the 11,500 cars on the road had at least one Used Tire on their car with half-worn tread.

The other 10% of people had at least one bald tire.

When you have bald tires on your car - which hopefully you don’t - they can literally be deadly when you drive them on roads that are wet. When the tires are bald, the grooves aren’t deep enough to channel the water out from under the tread. When the grooves aren’t deep enough, then I’m sure you know what happens next: you hydroplane. In a nutshell, hydroplaning is where the tread that’s on your tires skim the surface of the water and then the car doesn’t respond to the steering wheel anymore. Braking in different wet-weather conditions and snow weather will also decrease the tire’s wear.

Your tires will be considered bald when one or more of their grooves reaches 2/32 of an inch deep. When you have new tires, the tread is supposed to measure to about 10/32 of an inch - that’s a HUGE difference if you were to ask me.

The different tire manufacturers have made it easy for the driver to spot bald tires. When you think you have bald used tires on your car, all you have to look for in order to make sure is a chain of molded horizontal bars that are at the base of the grooves. That’s when you know you have a bald tire. The bars that are on the tire will eventually become flush with surrounding tread when the wear on the tire reduces a groove's depth to 2/32 of an inch. This is the same point where your used tires will literally flunk a state safety inspection.

Don’t you hate that feeling when you know you failed, but you could have done so much better than what you gave?

If you want to keep your new & used tires safe, all you have to do is check them once a month - this includes the tread and the air pressure:

The first thing that you want to do is check to see if you can spot any wear bars outside of the tread’s surface. Another way to check if your tires are good is to use the old penny test - I think everyone knows how to use that one. If not, you can read my blog about it.

After this, you want to check if your Used Tires Wheels have any other damages like cracks or bulges on the sidewall. You can also look for uneven wear .. which may mean that you have a problem with either your alignment or your suspension.

Do you think you can check your tires now?