Have Affinity Auto Check Your Tire Tread Depth Today
Now you have probably heard of racing slicks, slicks have no tread, but they give race cars maximum traction on dry racetracks. Insert a little water into the equation, however, and slicks can’t maintain control. Because there is nowhere for the water to go, the tire rides on top of a thin film of water and slides all over the place.
All season tires have treads that are designed to move water out from under the tire so that it can grip the road. The deeper the tread, the more water it can move. As tires wear they have progressively less traction on wet roads. That means longer stopping distances and less traction in corners.
So having enough tire tread is essential for the safety of Bountiful drivers. There have been tests comparing stopping distances of vehicles with new tires and those with worn tires. The vehicle with worn tires is still traveling at a high rate of speed at the point at which the vehicle with new tires has already stopped. That could be the difference between getting home safely and a serious accident on a surface street or freeway.
Many UT safety experts recommend you replace your tires when your tread is worn down to a depth of 4/32ths of an inch. That’s the distance to George Washington’s head when a quarter is inserted upside down into the tread of a properly inflated tire.
You may have heard of the same test using a penny. That gives you about 2/32ths of an inch of tread. The studies have shown a significant safety benefit in replacing tires with the quarter standard. Ask your considerate Affinity Auto service advisor to have your tires checked to see how much life you have left in them.
Time For New Tires In Bountiful?
A lot of factors go into selecting new tires: traction, weather conditions, handling, load capacity, fuel economy, tread life, looks, warranty and price. UT driving conditions vary from highway commuting to rock crawling; from blistering deserts to the frozen tundra – and everything in between. Your Affinity Auto tire professional can help you strike the proper balance.
Tire Service at Affinity Auto In Bountiful
Let Affinity Auto make it easy for you to buy a new set of tires, consult with your considerate Affinity Auto tire professional about proper size, type and grade for your driving needs. He can help you balance load requirements, gas mileage, performance, durability and cost.
When buying new tires, it’s best to replace both tires on the same axle in order to keep the rolling diameter as close as possible.
Bountiful motorists with four-wheel-drive vehicles should replace all four tires at the same time because you can run into problems if the tires have different rolling diameters due to wear or different type of tire. Four wheel drive vehicles should have all tires very close to the same rolling diameter to avoid binding and wheel hop between the front and rear axles.
Also, tire manufacturers recommend that if you are buying just two new tires that they be installed on the rear for safer slippery road traction – regardless of which wheels drive the vehicle. Affinity Auto in Bountiful has you covered for all of your tire needs including tire repair, tire mounting, wheel balancing, and wheel alignment. We also provide fuel filter, battery service, trip inspection, and battery service.
Bountiful Utah With Winter Tires
There’s more to winter tires than Bountiful car owners may think. Those days of clunky, tractor-like snow tires are long gone in, replaced by high-tech winter tires with special rubber compounds and advanced tread designs.
In Bountiful UT winter temperatures very, the rubber in summer tires becomes hard and inflexible and they don’t grip the road as well. In contrast, winter tires use special rubber compounds that are more pliable when the thermometer drops below 45 degrees in UT giving you better road contact; so even if you don’t get much snow, winter tires will really add to your cold weather safety in Bountiful.
Snow tires may also use a micro-pore rubber compound that increases surface area so they can bite into ice and packed snow on Bountiful roads and highways.
The tread on winter tires needs to clear out water, snow and slush as the tire turns so it’s ready to take another bite when it comes back in contact with the road. But summer tires can actually be dangerous because they get packed with snow, making them very slick, and your vehicle hard to control. Winter tires have a lot of thin slits in the tread called sipes which help the tire grab ice and packed snow, providing extra traction.
Many new vehicles in come with all-season tires which are great for a wide range of weather and road conditions, but don’t provide top performance in Utah’s snow and ice. For example winter tires provide 25 to 50% more traction than all-season tires. And all-season tires take up to 42% longer to stop than winter tires in slick conditions.
For all these reasons, the tire experts at Affinity Auto in Bountiful recommend you put winter tires on all four wheels because it makes sense to have equal traction and handling at all four corners of your vehicle. Uneven traction could result in loss of control for Bountiful car owners.
Your vehicle may be equipped with stability control, anti-lock brakes and traction control – all important safety systems for UT car owners. But in order to do their job you still need good traction. Winter tires help you start, stop and corner when things get cold and slippery in Bountiful.
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