No, we aren’t talking about your hairline — we’re discussing your tire tread.

Did you know there’s such a thing as “bald” tires? Yep! That’s when your tire tread is 2/32nds of an inch deep. 32nds? Yes, it’s a strange measurement, but it equals about 1/3 inch, and that’s how tire treads are conventionally measured.

Brand new tires (that aren’t for snow or tough terrain) are usually 10/32nds, so when you are all the way down to 2/32nds, wet or icy weather conditions pose a huge threat to your safety.

How Do I Know If My Tires Are Bald?

You could always go purchase a tire gauge, but if you have a penny laying around, that’ll work too!

Simple turn the penny upside down so that Lincoln is doing a headstand in your tire treads. If you can see the top of his head, your tires are bald and it’s time to hurry over to Cape Auto to get a new set. But, if you don’t like wearing your tires down to the nub, you could also regularly check your tread with a quarter. If the rubber goes right up to the top of Washington’s hair, you have about 4/32nds left, and that means it’s a good time to start shopping for a deal on tires.

Who Cares If My Tires Are Balding?

You might feel a little sensitive about this judgment towards your tire’s receding hairline: I mean, does it really matter how “thick” my treads are?

Think about this: If you slam on your brakes going 70 mph on a wet road with brand new tires, you won’t come to a complete stop for another 195 ft. (or the length of 5 school buses!).

Now, if your tire treads are at 4/32nds, you’ll slide almost another 100 ft. before coming to a halt.

And if your tires are bald (2/32nds), you won’t stop for almost 380 ft. (9.5 buses)! That’s almost twice as far as the brand new tires.

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So What Should I Do?

If your tires’ treads have worn down, check out our great deals on name brand tires — the tires you want for your vehicle! Then stop into Cape Auto and let us get your vehicle ready for the road ahead.

Remember, You’re Driving Home Our Reputation!