Recommended tire tread depth: Don't tread lightly...

Posted by on 6/7/2018

Car tire

When was the last time you thought about recommended tire tread depth? Probably never or at the very least it was probably when you got your last tire change and the mechanic mentioned tire tread depth to you. This is very common as most drivers do not think about car safety issues that much. 

Well, today we are going to talk about one aspect of car safety, which is tire tread depth, and also introduce you to an incredible car safety device called The Portable Tow Truck that should be in every vehicle just like a spare tire and jack. 

Recommended tire tread depth: Did you say car safety? 

car broken down on the side of the road

Car safety you say? That is correct as car safety is not just about how well your vehicle performs in an accident. It's also about car maintenance on things such as brakes and tires and keeping your car in optimal running performance so it takes care of your daily needs. It also involves things such as emergency roadside situations like a vehicle breakdown or getting your vehicle stuck due to adverse weather or terrain conditions. 

Recommended tire tread depth: Never overlook your tires...

Today we are going to focus on tire tread depth in regard to car safety. Like I mentioned earlier, this is something that most drivers do not spend a lot of time thinking about but it should not be overlooked. 

Car on a wet road

According to AAA...

"Afternoon downpours could spell disaster for millions of road trippers this summer, thanks to an unlikely suspect – tires. New research from AAA reveals that driving on relatively worn tires at highway speeds in wet conditions can increase average stopping distances by a staggering 43 percent, or an additional 87 feet — more than the length of a semi-trailer truck — when compared to new tires. With nearly 800,000 crashes occurring on wet roads each year, AAA urges drivers to check tread depth, replace tires proactively, and increase following distances significantly during rainy conditions." 

Recommended tire tread depth: What about my cars safety systems? 

While vehicle safety systems are the most advanced to date, the function of the tires still plays an important role in how safe your car is. 

car accident

AAA also states the following... 

“Tires are what keep a car connected to the road,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “Even the most advanced safety systems rely on a tire’s basic ability to maintain traction, and AAA’s testing shows that wear has a significant impact on how quickly a vehicle can come to a stop in wet conditions to avoid a crash.”

Recommended tire tread depth: It's all about the tread...

This is what AAA has to say in regard to the importance of tire tread depth...

"In partnership with the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center, AAA conducted testing to understand performance differences at highway speeds between new all-season tires and those worn to a tread depth of 4/32” on wet pavement. AAA research found that:

  • Compared to new tires, tires worn to a tread depth of just 4/32” exhibit:
    • An average increased stopping distance of 87 feet for a passenger car and 86 feet for a light truck.
    • 33 percent reduction in handling ability, for a passenger car and 28 percent for the light truck on average.

AAA’s testing demonstrates the impact that tire tread has on safety,” said Megan McKernan, manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center. “If tested side-by-side at 60 mph, vehicles with worn tires would still be traveling at an alarming 40 mph when reaching the same distance it takes for vehicles with new tires to make a complete stop.”

car on a back road

As you read this and think about it, your tire tread depth could be the difference between an auto accident and possible injury (including possible fatal injury) or not having an accident at all. As such, we highly recommend that you get your tire tread depth checked regularly. This is actually very easy and simple to do if you use the penny test. 


"There are several popular ways to check your tire tread depth. One easy way is the penny test. Simply insert a penny into your tire's tread groove with Lincoln's head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it's time to replace your tires."

The penny test for proper tire tread

To read more about the penny test, the coin test and the tire treadwear indicator bar molded into tires, please visit the link at the bottom of this post. 

Recommended tire tread depth: The Portable Tow Truck...

The Portable Tow Truck in Black

Remember when we mentioned the incredible car safety device called The Portable Tow Truck that should be in every vehicle just like a spare tire and jack? Well, we would like to introduce that car safety item now. 

Now that we have talked about the importance of tire tread depth, we would like to introduce THE PORTABLE TOW TRUCK - THE ULTIMATE TIRE TRACTION DEVICE. The Portable Tow Truck is proven tire traction aid used by the largest commercial fleet companies in the world and 1000s of residential customers as well to aid them in emergency roadside situations where the vehicle get stuck due to adverse weather and terrain conditions. 

Just like a flat tire, you just never know when your vehicle may get stuck so it always best to prepare ahead. For very little money, you can have the best tire traction aid for snow, ice, mud, and sand in your vehicle at all times. They are lightweight and super simple to use by any driver with any vehicle type over and over. All you do is place them under your spinning tire and get back on the road and back to life. 

To learn more about the product please check out what our customers have to say about us on our REVIEWS page. 

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If you have any questions at all you can reach out to us from our ABOUT US page as well. Now is the time to get The Portable Tow Truck and protect you and your family from unexpected roadside emergencies when your car gets stuck in ice, snow, mud or sand. 

Orange Portable Tow Truck tire traction device for ice snow mud sand

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Date: 6/7/2018
This a very interesting post and is something we should all read whether your a driver or a passenger. keep sharing your information with everyone, Great topic. Chris
Date: 6/7/2018 6:05:00 PM
Thank you for commenting on our post. If we can answer any questions for you about the product please let us know. Thanks, Curtis
Date: 6/10/2018
Hi Curtis, Great information. I agree, your tire tread is very important, and we change our tires frequently, as needed. I can't do the penny test though. Canada no longer has pennies LOL. Cheers, Suzanne
Date: 6/11/2018 8:55:00 AM
Hello, thank you for commenting on our post. If we can answer any questions for you about The Portable Tow Truck please let us know. Thanks, Curtis

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