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It's time to get your Tires Checked for Winter Weather
It's time to get your Tires Checked for Winter Weather

I know winter is near; I keep getting wrong number calls here at WZZM13 when people are trying to call Discount Tire on Alpine. The numbers are different by one digit.

It’s that time of year again, time to either check or get your tires on your vehicle checked for the winter conditions we will soon have. It is a fact that many, many accidents that happen soon after the first few snowfalls, are the result of bad tires with very little tread on them. Below are three ways you can test your tires for tread to see if it’s time to get them replaced.

There are several popular ways to check your tire tread depth. One easy way is the penny test. Simply insert a penny into your tire's tread groove with Lincoln's head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it's time to replace your tires.

Another easy coin test is the quarter test. Insert a quarter into your tread groove. If the tread touches Washington's head, you have at least 4/32 inch of tread remaining.

Don't have any change on you? No problem. Another way to check tread depth is to look at the tread wear indicator bar that's molded into your tires. The bars are located at the bottom of the tread grooves in several locations around the tire. When these bars become visibly flush with the adjacent ribs the tire has no more than 2/32" of tread remaining. This is a visible indication that the tire should be replaced.