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All Night Auto Repair Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the All Night Auto Repair automotive blog. Today, let’s talk about the effect of tire tread depth on braking. When talking about stopping power, most Livonia and Farmington auto owners tend to focus on our brakes. But our tires are where the rubber meets the road. So having good brakes isn’t enough. Safe Farmington drivers need to have tires with enough traction to translate braking power into stopping power.

All Night Auto Repair  Tire Safety Washington vs. LincolnLet’s focus on stopping in wet Farmington conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can’t move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water.

That’s called hydroplaning. If it’s really bad, Farmington car owners can actually spin out of control - endangering themselves and the other drivers around them. At best, you won’t stop as fast.

So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flow through. Look at your SUV tire and you’ll see channels: channels that run around the tire and channels that flow across the tire. They’re designed to direct water away from the tire so it can contact the road better.

And the deeper the channel, the more water it can move. A brand new All Night Auto Repair tire has very deep channels and can easily move a lot of water. As the tire wears down, the channels become shallower and can move less water. When it wears down enough, it can seriously affect your ability to stop your SUV on wet Farmington roads.

So that’s why it’s so important for Michigan car owners to replace their SUV tires when they get worn. Consumer Reports and other advocate groups call for a standard of 3/32 of an inch and they have the studies to prove it.

By comparison, you’ve probably seen the wear indicator that’s molded into tires. When tires are worn 3/32 of an inch, the tread wear bar is visible. So the recommended standard has twice the tread depth as a completely bald SUV tire.

At All Night Auto Repair , we want our customers to know that the deeper recommended tread depth makes a big difference. Stopping distances are cut dramatically on wet Farmington highway. A safe stop from Michigan interstate speeds with 4/32 of an inch of tread would result in a crash with worn out tires.

There’s an easy way to tell when a tire’s worn to 4/32 of an inch. Just insert a quarter into the tread. Put it in upside down. If the tread doesn’t cover George Washington’s hairline, it’s time to replace your SUV tires. With a Canadian quarter, the tread should cover the numbers in the year stamp.

Many Farmington motorists have heard of this technique using a penny and Abe Lincoln’s head - the old method. That measure gives you 2/32 of an inch – half the suggested amount. Of course, SUV tires are a major purchase. Most of us in Farmington want to get as many miles out of them as we can. But there’s a real safety trade-off. It’s your choice.

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