Tips on How to Check Your Tire Tread

Good tires are required to keep your car under your control, is there anything you can do to ensure that your tire tread is at an acceptable level?

Your tires keep your car under control through the friction created by the tread of each tire. Friction is the resistance that two or more surfaces experience when moving along one another. Your new basketball shoes give you more explosive power because new shoes have better traction on the ground, whereas old shoes lead to slips and falls. Likewise, new tires with brand new tread have better traction on the street than old and worn out tires. Here are a few tips on how you can check if your tires are ready to face the open road and keep you safe while doing so.

– If you have no idea how old your tires are, you can always refer to the identification number on the walls (on the sides) of your tires. The last four digits are all you need in order to know the age of your tires. For example, if the last four digits read “1105”, that means that the tire or tires were manufactured during the 11th week of 2005. It is recommended that you change your tires every 6 to 10 years.

– If your tires are aged but look new, you can always perform the “penny test” in order to determine if you need new tires. The penny test requires only one thing, and that is a penny. Stick the penny, Lincoln-head down, into the grooves of the tire, then observe. If the tire covers the top of Lincoln’s head, then your tires are fine. If you can see the top of his head, however, it is a strong indication that you need new tires.

Just as you want to ensure your tires keep you safe, you should make sure that your auto insurance does the same. Contact the experts at Stromsoe Insurance Agency for all of your commercial insurance coverage needs. We will work with you to ensure you have the right amount of protection, all at the right price to fit your budget.

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