Make sure to check the tread depth on your SUV all-season tires

SUVs are great and safe vehicles, but they are only as safe as the safety of your tires. If you don’t have a good set of tires mounted on your SUV, you might risk being in accidents more frequently. Tread depth is critical to ensure that you have the fundamental tire properties intact. You lose a significant part of the tire’s vital properties when you go below this threshold value of 5/32 inches of groove depth. As a result, the braking distance will be extended, the grip will worsen, and it will decrease the ability to prevent hydroplaning. Because of this, it is important that you check your tread depth and preferably also monitor the progress.

The best way and easiest way to measure the tread depth is to push a penny into the tread and check if you can see the head of Abraham Lincoln; it is time to change the tires. If the tires have DSI, which is Nokian Tyres’ patented Driving Safety Indicator, you can read on the tire how much remaining tread you have. If you notice a big difference between the front and rear tires in tread depth, you should rotate the position to even out the wear.

When you go below 5/32 inches, you should purchase a new set of SUV all-season tires so that you can drive safely. You should always try to purchase four new tires simultaneously as if you only change two tires; then, you will have an uneven grip between the front and the rear of the SUV, which will cause the SUV to over or understeer. Therefore, rotation becomes so important to ensure that your tires will wear out evenly. This should be done between 4000 to 8000 miles, and it could be more frequent if you have an electric vehicle. You can also measure the tread depth and change when you have a difference of more than 5/64 inches. It is most often done at the time that you are changing to and from winter tires.

Hybrid SUVs are heavier and will therefore have higher wear, so it is even more important to check the tread depth. When you purchase a set of tires for a hybrid SUV, you need to make sure they are designed for an electric or hybrid SUV. Not all tires are recommended as the wear is higher. You can search the internet for tires recommended for electric vehicles so that you can rest assured that the tires you choose can handle the higher load and torque.

To stay out of accidents, you need to make sure that you have good tires. You also have to maintain and rotate the tires so that they will last a long time. An important part of your maintenance is a visual inspection of the tires to check that there are no cuts or cracks. In addition, check the tire pressure to make sure that you have filled the tires with the pressure indicated in the owner’s manual. Low pressure will lead to higher tire wear and contribute to higher fuel consumption.

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