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Tire Safety Tips - Tire Inflation

Given the cost of replacing all 4 tires on a modern vehicle, it is no surprise that tire safety frequently takes a backseat as drivers are tempted to go "just a little bit longer" on tires that may be past their service life. Another reason people may be driving on unsafe tires is the inability to properly judge just how much tread wear is safe, and what the indications are for a tire that needs to be replaced.

While tire wear is a natural part of driving, there are conditions that could cause excessive or early tread damage. All four wheels of a car need to be perfectly aligned in order to ensure an even wear pattern. When a wheel is out alignment, it rotates so that one portion of the tire is in contact more often than any other, which in turn grounds down the tread unevenly. A poorly aligned car can also create severe vibrations that can damage a car’s suspension. Another great way to keep tire wear even across all 4 wheels is to rotate each tire from front to back according to the recommendation in the vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Tire inflation also plays a significant role in determining tread life. An under-inflated or over-inflated tire changes the size of the contact patch with the highway, and in turn, focuses stress on a smaller part of the tire than was designed. This leads to greatly increased tread wear on either the inside strip or outside edges of a tire.

Just how low can a tire’s tread get before it needs to be replaced? The standard answer is 11/16’s of an inch. However, not many people walk the streets with a ruler in their pocket at all times, so the easiest way to verify tread depth is with an American penny. If you hold the penny upside down and facing towards you, and you can still see the top of Lincoln’s head, then it’s time to replace your tire.

Manufacturers often also incorporate a tread wear indicator into the design of their tires. These indicators usually take the form of colored, raised bands in between the treads and grooves of a tire. When the top of one of these bands draws even with the outside of the tread, this indicates that the tires are no longer safe to use.

The safety consequences of driving with ‘bald’ tires, (tires with low, or almost no tread remaining) can be severe. When tread is low, traction is significantly reduced, even on dry pavement. On wet pavement, or snow, a low tread condition can cause a vehicle to hydroplane (where tires slide uncontrollably on the surface of the water), or to lose the ability to brake or turn as required. Even more dangerous, a bald tire can get worn down to the point where the steel belts which make up the inner layer of a tire can become exposed, crack and even cause a blowout. A tire blowout at highway speeds can be a catastrophic event both for the safety of the driver, their passengers, and other motorists. Careful tread wear vigilance can ensure a safe and easy driving experience for years to come.