Has The Time Come To Replace Your Tires?

The last month of the year brings with it plenty of travel opportunities, whether they’re to visit family for the holiday season or use up those last days of PTO. Plus, the ultimate travel decision: Where will you ring in the New Year? No matter what kind of travels you’re planning for, you might want to take a look at your tires before you set out on your trip.

In addition to punctures or flat tires, tires with worn down tread are not able to grip the road well, which makes driving drastically more hazardous in harsh or frosty weather. The best approach to stay safe is to check your tires every month for signs of wear and tear.

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Luckily, checking your tread depth is simple and can be done in the comfort of your own garage or driveway. The only thing you need is a quarter! Just turn the coin so George Washington’s head is upside down and insert your quarter into one of the large grooves on your tire. If there is space above Washington’s head, you need to replace your tires immediately. If his head is level with the tread, you have about 4/32” of tread left, which will provide some grip on a rainy day, but you will still want to start shopping for tires before the roads get icy.

All gauges should measure both in the 1/32" United States standard and in millimeters.

If your gauge measurement reads:

  • 6/32" or higher: Your tire’s tread depth is satisfactory.
  • 5/32": If snow-covered roads are a worry, you should consider replacing your tires.
  • 4/32": If you regularly drive on wet roads, consider replacing your tires.
  • 3/32": It’s time to start shopping for new tires. They are close to being worn out.
  • 2/32" or lower: Your tires are legally bald, and it’s time to replace them.


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When replacing your tires, remember that tires come in a variety of sizes and types, including performance and weather-specific tires. Your best bet is to stick with the kind of tire that came with your car. Cutting corners to save a little cash on tires could ultimately hurt your car’s braking and handling performance. Your tires are your car’s most important safety feature.

If you have questions about the tread on your tires or the type of tires you need this winter, our service team is here to help. Currently, we have an Employee Pricing Tire Special going on! Contact our Parts Department for more details at 1-888-918-6530. Wherever you’re going this holiday season, Plaza BMW will help get you there safely! 

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