Tire Tread Depth - Gastonia North Carolina
One of the jobs of your tire tread is to move water. The channels in the tread act as passages for water to escape from underneath the tire. The deeper the tread, the deeper the channel – and the more water that can be moved out of the way.

When enough water can't be moved from underneath the tire, the tire can ride on the water – often called hydroplaning. The tire is literally not contacting the road but rather is “floating” on the water so there is little traction and the vehicle can slide.

So somewhere between a brand new tire and a bald tire lies the point at which the tire should be replaced. Some governmental jurisdictions have minimum tread depth requirements for - others do not. So check the laws where you live to learn the legal minimum.

Tire manufacturers are required to mold a tread wear bar into the tire. This bar appears across the tread when the tire is worn down to 1.6 mm (2/32 of an inch). U.S. coins can be substituted for a tire tread depth gauge as tires wear to the critical final few 32nds of an inch of their remaining tread depth. Place a penny into several tread grooves across the tire. If part of Lincoln's head is always covered by the tread, you have more than 2/32" of tread depth remaining.

Studies have shown, however, that there is difference in stopping distances for in wet conditions with tires that have less wear. For example, in controlled, wet conditions a vehicle with 3.18 mm (4/32 of an inch) of tread traveling at speeds was able to stop in about 26 meters (85 feet) less distance than the same car with tires with 1.6 mm (2/32 of an inch) of tread. That could easily be the difference between a safe stop and hitting the vehicle in front of you.

Drivers can gauge 3.18 mm (4/32 of an inch) by inserting a US quarter upside down into the tread. If it covers George Washington's head, you have more than 3.18 mm (4/32 of an inch) of tread.

New tires are a big ticket item for all drivers so it's natural to want to get as much value out of them as possible. Just remember that a huge part of that value is the ability to stop safely in wet conditions.

Bring your vehicle to Mr. Nobody Tire at 2691 Union Rd., Gastonia, NC 28054. Schedule an appointment to have your tires inspected, repaired, replaced, rotated or aligned at: www.MrNobodysTire.com or call (704) 868-3601

Mr. Nobody Tire of Gastonia North Carolina is a family owned auto repair shop servicing cars and light trucks, foreign imports and domestic vehicles for the neighboring towns of Charlotte, Belmont, Bessemer City, Cherryville, Cramerton, Dallas, Gaston County, City of Gastonia, Lowell, McAdenville, Mount Holly, Ranlo, Stanley, Kings Mountain, Shelby from Gaston County since 1964. We have two locations in Gastonia, visit our second location at 501 E. Long Avenue in Gastonia NC.

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