Make Sure Your Tires Have Tread for the Rainy Season!

Published in Blog Friday, 15 September 2017 12:00

Now that we’re in the midst of the rainy season in Florida, it’s more important than ever that we stay vigilant out on the roads to avoid accidents during and after heavy showers. Driving in the rain can be treacherous due to low visibility, and slick pavement after a storm results in countless accidents each year.

One of the best ways to avoid being involved in a collision is to keep your vehicle’s tires in good condition. They should always be properly inflated, and more importantly, each tire needs to have the correct amount of tread. Keep reading to learn more about tire tread from your friendly tire shop in Sarasota, FL!

Why tread matters

Although you probably don’t think about it on your daily commute, your tires’ tread is a big part of what’s keeping you safe on the road. Tread is responsible for slowing your car down quickly when you slam on the brakes. Without it, you may slip and slide on the road before coming to a full stop. It goes without saying that you want to be sure your car is going to stop during this time of year, when the roads are almost always wet. Don’t take unnecessary risks—replace your tires as soon as you notice that the tread is lower than it should be.

Signs your tread is too low

Now that we know why we shouldn’t be driving if our tires don’t have the right amount of tread, it’s a good idea to learn how to tell if our tread is worn down. The depth of the tread on your tires should never be below 1/16 of an inch. Thankfully, there are a few ways to know it’s time to visit a tire shop in Sarasota, FL without needing to bring a ruler with you wherever you go:

  • The penny test: The easiest and fastest way to tell that it’s time to replace your tires is to reach into your pocket and grab a penny! Put the penny head-down into the tread on one of your tires. If you can see Lincoln’s whole head, it’s time for a new set of tires.

  • Tread wear indicators: Car manufacturers know that tread is a big deal. That’s why they’ve started incorporating tread wear indicators into their new tires. Once your tread gets too low, you’ll be able to see flat rubber bars running perpendicular to the tread. The sight of these bars is a surefire sign that you need to visit a mechanic to have new tires put on your car.

  • Harder to slow down: You can also tell that you need new tires simply by driving down the road. If you notice that it’s taking your car longer than usual to slow down and come to a stop, you may have an issue with your brakes or with your tires’ tread. It’s best to get both inspected before it’s too late!

The best way to stay safe this year out on the roads is to visit a tire shop in Sarasota, FL to have your tires inspected (and replaced, if needed) by a professional sooner rather than later. Come see Lowe’s Automotive Service, Inc. for tire service this fall!

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