From weddings and family reunions to beach vacations, summertime is full of opportunities for travel. If you’ve add an extra couple hundred miles to your odometer, you may be wondering when you should get your tires replaced. With 9% of vehicles crashes being tire-related, you don’t want to wait until you half to hit the brakes with the kids in the backseat to find out you waited too long.

In addition to things like blowouts or flat tires, tires with worn down tread aren’t able to grip the road well. This increases your chances of hydroplaning when driving through a summer rain storm. The best way to stay safe is to check your tires every month for signs for wear.

Fortunately, checking your tread depth is easy and can be done in the comfort of your own garage. All you need is a quarter. Simply, turn the coin so George Washington’s head is upside down and insert your quarter into one of the large grooves on your tire. If there is space above Washington’s head, you need to replace your tires immediately. If his head is level with the tread, you have about 4/32 inch of tread left, which will provide some grip on a rainy day, but you’ll still want to start shopping for tires.

If you’re not sure whether your vehicle is need of a tire replace, check out this helpful video from Consumer Reports:

When replacing your tires, keep in mind that tires come in a variety of sizes as well as types, including performance and weather-specific tires. Your best bet is to stick with the kind of tire that came with your car. Cutting corners to save a little cash on tires could ultimately hurt your car’s braking and handling performance. Your tires are your car’s most important safety feature.

If you have questions about the tread on your tires or the type of tires you need, our service team is here to help. Wherever you’re going, we’ll make sure you get there safely!  

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