Tires are Important - More About Tires
The easiest way to check the tread depth on your vehicle's tires is to use a penny. If you can see all of Abe Lincoln's head and a penny is dated within the last 3 years, your tire has 6/32" or more and is fine for safe driving.
On a tire with 2/32nds or more of wear, you'll notice that the grooves are starting to become white. When you see that, that means the tire needs to be replaced. Weather and driving habits greatly affect how often you need to replace your tires.
So, how do you know which tire is best for your vehicle?
The question is not so simple since you have many different options. Each tire may have a different level of performance and fit. A lot of tire terminology can look intimidating, but if you know these key terms, you can make a great, informed buying decision. And, of course, we can help you make the best decision for your car and budget.
1. Tread: The part of the tire that comes in contact with the road. Tires are designed to wear and tear, so the tread is meant to be used up. How much and how aggressively depends on your driving habits, climate, and more.
2. Puncture Protection Belt: A thick layer of rubber in the tire's sidewalls adds strength and helps prevent punctures.
3. Sidewall: This is the side of the tire and will have some lettering indicating what type it is, like B for belted or D for all-weather tires.
4. Rim: The metal piece on which the tire is mounted to your car.
Every tire has a lifecycle. A lifecycle consists of 3 major periods: treadwear, mileage, and service. Tires that reach the end of their useful treadwear period or fail to meet minimum Federal Safety Standards are very expensive to replace. It’s far better to replace tires before they need replacing. Buying your tires locally will help you keep your car safe and on the road at a reasonable price.
There's no doubt that purchasing a new set of tires for your vehicle is an important decision. After all, tires are the only thing separating you from the road. It's a big decision, and so many people avoid it — often at their peril. Is it any wonder why so many people dread this process?
At Hopewell Tire & Auto Repair, we understand this process and make it as easy for you as possible so you leave our shop confidently.
Schedule an appointment today for Hopewell Tire & Auto Repair of Athens, Georgia, to check your tires, rotate your tires, or help you find the right replacement tires for your vehicle.
At Hopewell Tire and Auto Repair, every vehicle matters.
We’ve been serving the Athens area since 1989.
Call us today to schedule an appointment or discuss your car or truck’s needs. We stand behind our work and offer a 3-year / 36,000-mile warranty on everything we do.
3500 Jefferson Road | Athens, GA 30607 | 706-430-2901 Luke Turner, Owner/Operator
Mechanic Athens GA