Typically, tire tread above 2/32 of an inch is considered to be adequate. However, some tests have shown that 4/32 is a much safer guideline to follow.
The bottom line is that it is extremely dangerous to drive on worn, bald and low tread tires. For example, when roads are wet, worn tires affect a car’s ability to brake quickly and efficiently.
A car is more likely to hydroplane with low tread tires.
Worn and bald tires are not able to gain traction on snow-covered and icy roads.
Low tread tires are more susceptible to punctures, which can lead to sudden blowouts.
Worn tires are more likely to lose air pressure, which impacts a car’s fuel economy, braking and steering. Low pressure is also a major cause of tire blowouts, and blowouts can potentially lead to losing control of a vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends checking tire tread levels monthly. To learn how to quickly inspect your tires, click here.
Don’t let the high cost of brand new tires prevent you from replacing worn tires – consider high quality used tires instead. With more than 20,000 premium used tires in stock, Champtires can you tires with high tread levels at a fraction of the cost of new tires.
For more information, call 412-462-3000, visit Champtires.com (where shipping is always free to the continental U.S.!) or shop in person at our two convenient Pittsburgh-area locations – where we also install tires:
Pittsburgh Store: 1319 Washington Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15206
West Mifflin Store: 1130 Lebanon Rd West Mifflin, PA 15122
Still not sure if used tires are a good option for you? Read why buy used tires.