Get Your Tires In Shape For Winter!
The cold weather is here! You wouldn't go into winter without your cold-weather gear, and your auto shouldn't have to either! Your tires are like a good pair of winter boots, you plan for them, save for them, and go for quality! Here are some tips to help you stay ahead of the game this season!
When Do You Need New Tires?
You need new tires when the tread depth wears down to 3/32 of an inch, or after six years, whichever comes first. Generally speaking, a new set of tires will last the average driver for about four years. It is important to note that letting your tires go too long is a safety hazard for you and for all the vehicles on the road around you.
Why Is It Unsafe To Let Your Tires Go?
When tires become worn they lose their ability to grip the road efficiently, a problem in dry conditions becomes highly dangerous in wet conditions. Hydroplaning is likely something you have experienced before.
To understand the role of the tire tread on wet roads, it's useful to think of a water pump. The more channels in your tire's tread, the better it pumps water away from the tire and the road. Remarkably, it can displace water in just a few milliseconds. A 195/65R15 tire, for instance, can displace almost 3.96 gallons of water per second.
How to Check Your Tire Tread:
Checking your tire tread is not a difficult procedure that only a professional can perform. You can know if your tires are safe right now in under 5 minutes with just a penny. That’s right - here is how:
- Insert the penny into your tires tread with Lincolns head pointing downward.
- If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, then your tread is below the 2/32" depth.
- Make sure to insert the penny in a few different places in each tire and base your needs of the lowest tread depth.
How To Budget For Your Tires:
A new set of tires averages from $600 - $800. Let's face it; This cost can break the bank if you're not prepared. Don't let your vehicles regular maintenance expenses ruin your holiday this season -- Start today! Setting aside as little as $12 a month can afford you the budget you require when the need arises.
Go For Quality
The tire is the only part of the car that touches the road. Tires must strike a balance between traction, comfort, durability, energy efficiency and overall cost. As a result of these competing needs, tires are more complex to design and build than you might think. Did you know that over 200 ingredients go into making a tire?
As you can imagine, there is a lot of competition out there for your tire budget. At North Hills Auto, we’ve chosen to offer the Michelin family of tires to our customers, including Michelin, Uniroyal, and BF Goodrich. Founded in 1891, Michelin first introduced the radial tire, and the company continues to be a pioneer in tire technologies. According to Consumer Reports, “Michelin tires generally perform impressively in our all-weather tests, and many models offer low rolling resistance and long tread life.”
Are you unsure of how much life is left in your tires? We can help! Bring your vehicle to North Hills Auto for our 120 Point Vehicle Inspection.