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Quick Tips on How to Check Tire Tread to Prevent Tire Blowouts (Part 1)

Regularly checking the tread on your tires is crucial to ensuring that you are not driving on bald tires and, consequently, putting yourself at risk of experiencing a tire blowout.

Regularly checking the tread on your tires is crucial to ensuring that you are not driving on bald tires and, consequently, putting yourself at risk of experiencing a tire blowout.

Although proper tire maintenance is an important component of the overall maintenance of your vehicle, all too often, people forget about their tires, driving on them until they are completely bald and, as a result, likely to experience a blowout. To reduce the chances of tire blowouts and the traffic accidents they may cause, it’s critical that vehicle owners:

  • Rotate their tires according to the vehicle or tire manufacturer’s recommended guidelines.
  • Regularly check the tread on all four of their vehicle’s tires.
  • Replace their tires when the tread has worn down below what is considered safe to drive on.

While different vehicle and tire manufacturers will have different and specific guidelines regarding the minimum amount of tread that should be on a vehicle’s tires (and different road and driving conditions can affect this minimum amount), in general, the following minimum amounts exist for the respective conditions:

  • 2/32” of tread is typically the absolute minimum amount of tread when driving on dry or slightly wet roadways in temperate weather conditions.
  • 4/32” of tread is generally the absolute minimum amount of tread when driving in rainy weather, as this is the least amount of tread that is essential to reducing the risk of hydroplaning.
  • 6/32” of tread is usually the absolute minimum amount of tread when driving in snowy and/or icy weather and road conditions.

While a penny can be used to check to see if tires have 2/32” or 6/32” of tread, a quarter can be used to check whether or not tires have at least 4/32” of tread. For specific directions on how to perform the penny and quarter tests for checking tire tread, be sure to read the upcoming Part 2 of this blog.

Aurora County Car Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, car accident or in any type of traffic accident that may have been caused by a tire blowout or any type of tire failure, you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Meeting with one of our esteemed attorneys as soon as your health is stabilized can ensure that you ultimately have the strongest case possible, as waiting will start immediately running out the statute of limitations for your case and could even result in the loss of critical evidence.

Our trusted Aurora County personal injury and accident attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling car accident cases, wrongful death suits and other types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.

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