Tire Replacement Guide
When to Replace Car Tires
Tires are the single most important safety feature on your car. They are the only thing that connects the car to the road, and life-saving technologies like antilock brakes and electronic stability control cannot do their job if the tires don’t have a good grip on the pavement. It is important to know when to replace worn car tires.
The grooves in car tire’s tread are designed to expel elements on the road, such as water, away from the tire so the tire can remain in contact with the road providing good traction. Tires become unsafe when they’re worn, and once the tread is down to 3/32 of an inch, the tire is no longer safe.
Tire tread depth indicators:
Tire treads are measured in 32nds of an inch. Most new tires come with 10/32nds.
10/32 Tread Depth = New Tires
Average wet surface breaking distance: 195-ft. or approx. 12 car lengths.
5/32 Tread Depth = Worn Tires
Check tread regularly. You will need new tires soon.
Average wet surface breaking distance: 290-ft. or approx. 18 car lengths.
3/32 Tread Depth = Worn Out Tires
Time to replace tires!
Average wet surface breaking distance: 379-ft. or approx. 24 car lengths.
Three ways to check the tread on your tires:
Tread Wear Bars
Tires have what are called tread wear bars. These are small bridges between the tire treads. As the tires wear, these bars will become flush (level or even) with the tire’s tread. At this point, it’s time to replace the tires.
Tread Depth Gauge
You can measure tread depth by using a tread depth indicator which can be purchased inexpensively at an auto parts store.
Wilde Jaguar Sarasota Tire Center
If you are not sure how worn your tires are, stop by Wilde Jaguar Sarasota’s service department. We will check the tread wear of your tires.