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How to Avoid Collisions by Checking Your Tire Tread

By JJ Gouin


Tire Tread & Fender Benders

One of the most common causes of collisions is poor tire tread. When your tires don't have enough tire tread, they can't grip the road as well, which can lead to accidents. Luckily, there are ways to avoid this. By regularly checking your tire tread and keeping an eye out for warning signs, you can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe on the road. 

How to Check Your Tire Tread

It's important to check your tire tread regularly, especially if you live in an area with a lot of rain or snow.


There are a few different ways to do this

  • One way is to use a tire tread depth gauge.
  • You can purchase a Tire Depth Gauge at most auto parts stores. Insert the gauge into the tread and see how deep it is. The deeper the tread, the better. 
  • Another way to check your tire tread is by doing the "penny test."
  • Take a penny and insert it into the tread headfirst. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, then your tread is less than 2/32" deep, and you need new tires. If you can only see part of his head, then your tread is between 2/32" and 4/32" deep—which means it's time to start shopping for new tires soon.
  • If you're unsure how to check your tire tread or don't have a depth gauge, you can always take your car to your trusted auto repair center, and they'll be happy to help you. 

Warning Signs that You Need New Tires 

In addition to regularly checking your tire tread, it's essential to be on the lookout for signs that you need new tires.


If you notice any of the following, it's time for new tires: 

  • Cracks or cuts in the sidewall
  • Excessive vibration when driving
  • Bald spots or excessive wear
  • Tires that are more than two years old 

If you're not sure whether or not you need new tires, err on the side of caution and replace them as soon as possible. It's better to be safe than sorry! 


Common Causes of Collisions (besides Poor Tire Tread) 

Poor tire tread isn't the only cause of collisions—many other factors can contribute.

Some of the most common include: 

  • Distracted driving (texting, talking on the phone, etc.) 
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol 
  • Fatigue  
  • Reckless driving (speeding, tailgating, etc.) 

By being aware of these common causes of collisions, you can help keep yourself safe on the road. 


Poor tire tread is one of the leading causes of collisions—but it's certainly not the only one. By staying alert and watching for warning signs, you can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe on the roadways. Thanks for reading!

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