Tires have a significant impact on driving safety so it’s important to know when to replace them. Two of the most important factors of tire condition are tread depth and tire age. Age affects strength and reliability. Tread depth, which is how much tread they have, directly impacts your vehicle’s ability to stop. The commonly accepted practice, and the law in many cases, is that tires have reached the end of their service life at 2/32nds of an inch of tread.
Studies show that 4/32nds of tread or less requires more distance to stop your vehicle, especially when roads are wet. Also, when your tread depth is lower the risk of hydroplaning increases as well. That’s why, in Saskatchewan, the law for minimum tread thickness is 2/32nds or 1.6mm. A good measurement technique for quick assessment is to compare your tread depth to the thickness of two dimes which is about 3/32nds or 2mm.
There are a lot of factors to consider when buying new tires, but these questions will help you find the right fit for you:
- When should I replace my tires?
- What tires does my vehicle need?
- What tires are best for my driving style?
- What weather conditions do I drive in?
- What’s my budget?
Finding the Right Fit
If you need help with your purchase, we can work through these questions with you so you get the the best fit for your situation.
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For those who know their rubber well, just let us know what you’re after and we’ll get it for you if it isn’t already on the shelf.
Some of our most popular tires sold in the Meadow Lake area are Cooper AT3 and Cooper XT4.
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