inspectingInspecting all the tires is a necessity for your car. With the onset of the winter season ahead of you, it is essential that you care for your car’s tire health. This is because the cooler seasons often bring with them plenty of rain and snow. This can be critical when you are on the road, and the tires can ultimately be the determining factor when it comes to your safety.

Bad tire conditions are therefore, something that you need to inspect very closely. This is why it is critical that you know you to inspect your tire’s condition, and tell whether it is able to adhere to harsh winter conditions.

Below, the article will provide you methods that allow you to rightfully measure the remaining life span of your tire, and whether you need to replace it before the harsh seasonal shift arrives.

Heat and it’ impact on Tread Depth

The treads of a tire refer to the grooves and designs on the tire that give the car grip and contribute to its handling. Since tires are mainly just rubber, they are vulnerable to the overtime wear and annual heat stress that they face during the summer seasons.

In other words, high temperatures, over a certain period of time tend to damage the rubber tires, especially in the summer time. It is also important to note that heat is not just impacting the tires externally, but it is also generating from the tires rubbing against the surface of the road.

This result in the shortening of tread depth, which affects the overall performance of the car and can also have an impact on the car’s braking distance. With compromised grip, driving is nothing short of a death wish.

Inspecting Tread Depth?

For every inspection that you make on your car, you will find a tool for it. Therefore, to measure the depth of the tread on your car, you can resort to a tread measuring tool. This is a small tool that you can insert into the groove of the tire and push down the other parts of the tool against the tread of the tires.

Once you do this, you can then move on to inspecting the numbers on the tool, and these numbers are measurements that tell you more about the tread depth. After pressing down the tool, you have to slightly rotate the tool and check whether the measurement aligns with the edge of the tool. After that, read the measurement, and decide whether the tire needs replacement.

If you do not have the tread measuring tool, you can still measure the tread depth with the help of a penny. The general rule of thumb is to insert the penny upside down, making sure that Lincoln dives head first into the grooves of the tire. To check whether your tire treads are still in running conditions, ensure that the top of Lincoln’s head is not visible. If you easily see the top of his head, this means that the tread is in bad condition.