An important element is driving on healthy tires when it comes to the safety of your vehicle. Typically, from time and use, tires bald and all too often, drivers will drive on them. If only to save a few bucks, the tires are frequently neglected. We at Highway 30 Towing would like to discuss the dangers of balding tires to help you avoid the consequences of driving on them.

Symptoms of Balding Tires

We first would like to take the opportunity to discuss the signs of bald tires before we tackle the dangers of driving with bald tires. Recognizing the signs can play a significant role to help your awareness of replacing problematic tires.

Tire Wear Bars

When the tread is completely worn, the tire wear bars become more noticeable. Being the width of a pencil, they run across the base of the tread from side to side. When they are the most obvious is when the tread depth reaches 2/32”. If the tread being worn down to the treadwear in an indicator it needs to be replaced since the tire is no longer safe or legal for use.

Low Tire Tread Depth

Should you suspect the tread is heavily worn, you may check the tread with this simple and effective tread inspection at home.
– Place a penny and insert its edge into a groove in the tire’s tread, so it touches the bottom.
– Lincoln’s head should be up as it is inserted into the tread.
– In the event the top of Lincoln’s head is fully visible, the tire should be replaced as this indicates the tire’s tread depth is at or below 2/32” (the legal minimum).

Tire Cracks & Bulge

Periodically, you should perform an overall visual inspection of your tires, especially should you feel or hear anything unusual from them when driving. Any cracks or cuts deep enough that the steel belts or body cords are exposed should be looked for. Because this can indicate internal damage as well, look unusual bulges in the tread or sidewalls as well. If you are ever unsure, have a professional inspect the tires.

Risks of Driving on Bald Tires

In addition to be risky, driving on bald tires can result in vehicle damage from either tire failure or loss of vehicle control can be costly. To prevent unnecessary expenses and risks, replacing bald tires immediately is essential.
1) Loss of Control & Hydroplaning. When driving on bald tires in the rain as it increases the chances of skidding or hydroplaning, possible accidents, needed repairs, and hefty insurance costs can be expected.
2) Inefficient Braking. While driving, vehicle’s brakes are trusted to work, no matter the speed. When driving on anything other than a perfectly smooth road free of sand, dirt and debris, bald tires compromise your brakes’ ability to stop by providing reduced traction. Poor braking efficiency increases the chance of being involved in an accident in addition to the unwanted repair costs.
3) Tire Punctures. Bald tires are more easily punctured since there is little remaining of the tread. Rising the probability of losing of control of your vehicle, a puncture could cause a blowout is feasible and will lead to flat tires.

Roadside Assistance & Towing Services in Cassia, Gooding, Jerome & Twin Falls Counties in Magic Valley, Idaho & Jackpot, Northern Nevada

Because we depend on our tires for our safety when driving, it is critical that the tires are taken care of properly. Be proactive and replace your tires if they are considered bald. To help extend their tread, be sure to check your tires’ tread and keep them properly maintained. Highway 30 Towing is readily available to assist you, no matter if you need a tow or roadside assistance in the Greater Twin Falls, ID area.