Many drivers take their tires for granted. They get in their vehicles each day, drive to work, drive the kids to school, drive to the grocery store, but they seldom stop to check their tires. Since tires last for about five years, depending how much driving you do each day, they tend to be forgotten. But we are here to tell you that your tires are one of the most important aspects on your vehicle. If something goes wrong with your tires, it can have detrimental costs to you and your family.
Your tires have deep grooves in them that help them to evacuate water, ice, snow, rocks, sand, and other debris so that they can grip to the road. This grooved pattern is called your tire tread. As the tread begins to wear down, it decreases the tire’s ability to remove debris and causes the tire to lose grip with the road. On wet days, this could cause you to hydroplane and lose control. On icy and snowy days, this could cause your tires to slide and make your car go off the road. Even on warm, sunny days this could cause debris to puncture your tire and cause a blowout.
There is still hope to ensure your safety on the road. Tires now come equipped with a bar system that becomes visible as your tires wear down. When the bars become flush with the tire tread, you know that your tires are bald and you must change them as soon as possible.
You can also check your tire tread by using the toonie test. Place a toonie into your tire’s tread. If you can see any of the outer silver of the toonie, your tire tread is too low and you should have your tires replaced.
You can also bring your tires to an Integra Tire and we can check your tire tread with a tread depth gauge that will give us an accurate reading on your tire wear. We will give you a recommendation on when you should consider replacing your tires.
Remember that investing in new tires is an investment towards you and your family’s safety and your safety is our first priority.