Tires don’t get the proper treatment with regards to how important they are for your car. Your car is a very complex piece of machinery that features hundreds of moving parts and the innovations of thousands of engineers and scientists. However, every safety feature and driving feature in your car depends on your tires. The only parts of your car that even touch the road are your tires. That means you need to be taking great care of them; however, many people don’t take the time to properly tend to their vehicle’s tires. There’s not much you can really do to avoid getting a flat tire from a puncture, but tire blowouts are often preventable. Hydroplaning on wet roads is preventable as well. Tires are designed to redirect water away from the tire so that you do not lose traction; however, if your tires are worn out or bald, they cannot properly channel the flow of water. This lack of traction due to the slick nature of water is what causes hydroplaning.

Tread Depth

A general rule of thumb that many people find helpful is using a 25 fils or a 1-dirham coin to test their tread depth. You should place the coin in the tread of your tires. If the tread doesn’t at least reach the numbers on the 25 fils coin, you need to get your tires serviced. That means you need either to have your tires replaced or retread to ensure safety while driving.

It is usually much easier to see excessive tread wear. If you can look at your tire and see parts that are actually becoming smooth, you definitely need to have your tires serviced. On a dry day and a well-paved road, worn tires aren’t that big of a problem. The weight of your car, the rubber of your tires, and the pavement of the road will grip your car just fine. However, the problem arises any time there is moisture on the road. Though it might not seem like it, your car can actually sit on top of water on the road, because water features surface tension within its properties. When a tire has proper tread depth, that water slips between the treads and is redirected. If your tire is worn, the water slips underneath the rubber and can form a barrier between the tire and the road. This is called hydroplaning, and it is very dangerous. The professionals at a place such as Dial a Tire can replace or repair your tires so you don’t run into that danger.

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Uneven Wear

If your tires are wearing unevenly, you need to have them serviced by professionals. There are a few reasons why tires might wear unevenly, and most of them are common causes. If your tires are wearing in the center faster than the edges, it might be due to overinflating. Overinflating causes a sort of ballooning that lifts the sides of the tires off the ground. If they happen to be wearing on the edges faster than in the center, they could be underinflated. Underinflation causes a squishing that presses the edges against the ground while lifting the center of the tire off the ground.

You should check the tire pressure frequently and inflate your tires to the recommended PSI. If you don’t know how or don’t have the tools, you should call a professional as soon as possible.