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No matter what type of vehicle you own, tires are part of your vocabulary. However, as the most trusted Winchester tire shop, our team at Castle Tire can attest that tires are also some of the most neglected elements of vehicle ownership. While the majority of drivers keep up with routine maintenance, like oil changes, they assume their local mechanic will handle the other stuff.
It’s that time of year when the roads are covered in snow and sludge. If you are looking to have a smoother commute and minimize your chances of sliding on icy roads we may have the answer. Your local tire shop experts at Castle Tire Shop believe that the tires on your vehicle make a monumental difference when it comes to winter driving. Here are just a few of the many reasons you should consider getting winter tires.
You know your car tires have worn out once they start making the screeching noise on the turns, especially when you’re going under the speed limit!
But why wait ‘til that very moment to replace your car tires? If left unchecked, you could be in for a slippery ride, for real!
What are tire treads, you ask?
Do you see those cuts and grooves on your car tires? Those are tire treads. They help your car maintain traction under different weather conditions.
To check the rubber of your tire with a penny, simply put the penny upside down (with Sir Lincon’s head) inside the tread. If you see the Lincon’s head on your penny, it’s time to change those tires.
Have you looked at your tire’s wear bars?
Before we delve into this particular method, here’s a piece of information for people who aren’t gearheads per se.
Every tire has tread blocks. Between these blocks are small lines of rubber. These lines are ‘wear bars’.
These wear bars run perpendicular to the channels in any tire. Once the channels (the small gaps in the tire) are even with these bars, it’s time for a change.
Have you Heard About the Quarter Test?
You might question: What’s the difference between a penny and a quarter test?
Let’s understand basic mathematics, first.
Penny is smaller than a quarter (in size). To be precise, the distance between the edge to the head on the penny is 2/3rd of an inch, whereas 4/3rd of an inch on a quarter.