Tire Safety in the Rain

Reduce your risk of hydroplaning and make sure your car’s tires are not worn or bald.


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, especially in dangerous weather conditions like rain and wet roads.

When tires are worn—or even bald—their grooves are no longer able to adequately obtain traction. This causes hydroplaning, or the loss of steering, braking and power control.

And hydroplaning can occur even on damp roads, so it is important to be aware of your tires tread levels. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends checking tire tread levels monthly. Learn how to quickly inspect your tires.

If your tire tread depths are low, don’t let the high cost of new tires prevent you from replacing them. Champtires sells premium used tires at the lowest prices. With more than 30,000 tires in stock, Champtires can get you the size, brand and tread depth you need—all while saving you up to 80% off the cost of new tires.

Shop online— where shipping is always free to the continental U.S. — or shop in person at our three Pittsburgh-area locations, where we also install tires and offer other services:

Pittsburgh: 1319 Washington Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15206

West Mifflin: 1130 Lebanon Rd West Mifflin, PA 15122

North Huntington / Irwin: 15091 State Route 30, North Huntington, PA 15642

Learn more about the dangers of driving with worn tires.

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Why Buy Used Tires?

State Inspections and Your Tires


Tires and Gas Mileage

gas_mileage_icon_by_waqas_47-d57p2hcGas prices are dropping across the U.S., but there are several things you can keep an eye on to maintain your vehicle – and get the most out of your gas mileage.

Your tires play a key role in how your car uses gas.

Keep your tires properly inflated. Fueleconomy.gov reports this that can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3% for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.

Note: To find the correct tire pressure for your car, check for a sticker in the driver’s side door jam or the glove box or in your owner’s manual. Do not use the maximum pressure printed on a tire’s sidewall.

Do not drive on worn tires. Besides being unsafe because they do not handle wet or icy conditions well at all, worn tires with uneven tread pattern will cause your car to use more gas than necessary.

For information on how to quickly check tread levels, click here.

Increasing the size of your wheels and tires impacts gas mileage. Bankrate.com says that when engineering your vehicle, the manufacturer invested time and money determining the ideal wheel size and tire type. Replacing the original-equipment wheels and tires can affect handling and fuel economy. If you want to use plus-size wheels, find out how to compensate for the change.

If your tires aren’t keeping pressure or have low tread, do not let the high cost of new tires scare you from fixing the problem.

Champtires can help you get affordable, high-quality used tires with good tread levels – in any brand name or quantity that you need.

Champtires also sells new tires at the lowest prices you’ll find anywhere.

For more information, call 412-462-3000, visit Champtires.com 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

For more tips to keep your car in shape and get the most out of your gas mileage, click here.


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