Your car’s operation is largely dependent on the tires. Your car’s operation is made possible by the friction provided by tires. They also absorb some vibration and shock from bumps on the road.
However, tires wouldn’t be able to do these important tasks without tread. The tread is the area of your tire that comes in contact with the road. A cut pattern in the rubber often marks it.
What does the tread do? What is the importance of tread? Continue reading to find out these and other facts about tire tread.
Tire tread makes driving in the rain safer.
Tires create friction between your car’s wheels and the road. Friction is created when more of the tire’s surface touches the road. It may seem odd that a tread can be cut into tires to reduce friction. This technical truth is true, but the tread is a compromise that makes your tires safer in all weather conditions. The tread is a compromise that makes your tire safer for different weather conditions. Hydroplaning: Without tread, water and moisture on the roads don’t have any place to move.
Treads allow water and moisture to filter into the treads, which ensures that your tires stay on the road even when there is a lot of water. Although wet roads can still be dangerous, treads make them safer.
Different Tread Patterns Are Better for Different Driving Needs
You’re probably aware that there is no universal tire tread pattern. It may seem like there are too many tire tread patterns. There are many different patterns because different treads work better for different purposes. Tires for trucks and SUVs will have thick, deep treads that can dig in dirt and mud. Tires designed for performance on-road driving or autocross will have thinner treads. All-season tires should have a mix of deep treads and a large chunk of rubber on the road for the best performance and longevity.
What type of tread is best for you? It all depends on the type of performance that you are looking for. Every person has different driving styles, goals and budgets. This will impact the type of tire that you choose. While speciality tires, such as off-road or high-performance tires, will typically cost more than general-purpose tires, they may be more durable and offer better value for money. However, you might lose performance.
The Tire tread is a great indicator of tire wear.
Tires are responsible for providing friction and wear over time. They will eventually need to be replaced. How do you know how worn your tires are? Simple: look at your tire tread. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tires should be replaced once they reach 1/16th inch depth. Although most people cannot see the 1/16th inch, you can do a simple test with a penny. With Lincoln’s head facing down, take a penny and stick the penny into your tire tread. Your tires should be replaced if you can see Lincoln’s head.
While 1/16″ is the recommended limit, we recommend that you replace your tires once the tread reaches 1/8″. This is when your tire treads lose their ability to redirect water away from the tire’s surface correctly.
Uneven tread wear reduces the life of your tires.
If you take care of your tires properly, they can last for many thousands of miles before they need to be replaced. Many drivers neglect to take care of their tires properly. This can lead to poor contact with the road, quicker wear on some parts of your tires, and premature replacement.
These are some quick tips to prolong the life of your tires:
- Keep your TIRES PERFECTLY INFLATED. CHECK YOUR DOOR JAM TO VERIFY HOW MUCH AIR YOUR TIRES SHOULD HAVE AT ALL TIMES. KEEP YOUR AIR IN THE PERFECT OPERATING RANGE. This will increase your tire life and even help with gas mileage.
- ROOT YOUR TIRES OUTSIDE 6,000-7,000 MILES. This will ensure that your TIRES ARE PERFECT and that no ONE tire wears faster than the others.
- CONTACT YOUR ALIGNMENT. TIRES MISALIGNED DO NOT CONTACT THE ROAD, WHICH translates to FASTER WEAR AND REDUCED SAFETY.