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Do Your Tires Pass The Safety Test?

Tires are often neglected and overlooked by the people who drive on them every day. A daily visual inspection is ideal to make sure the tires are in good shape. But in today’s busy world, most people don’t pay that close attention to their tires until the following happens:

  • The car sensors detect that tire pressure is low.

  • The driver “feels” something going on with the tires or how the car is not driving smoothly.

  • The steering wheel pulls to the left or the right.

  • A loud pop or explosion is heard while driving (Not good!).

  • Another driver is desperately trying to get your attention and point out that your tires are dangerously low.


So the question is:  Do your tires pass the safety test?


First, let’s establish what is “safe”. Safety can mean several things, such as:


Safe level of tire tread: You have more that 2/32 of an inch of tread depth remaining. This means your probably don’t need new tires. How would you know this?  Grab a penny and insert Lincoln’s head in between the tread.  If Lincoln’s head is covered, your tires have enough tread. If Lincoln’s head is not covered, your tire tread is too low and you need new tires.


Even wear on the tires:  With good treads, your car will be able to grip the road better in dry weather, wet weather, and in snow or ice. Worn out tread is dangerous. Check your tires to see if they are worn out on one side versus the other. See any bulges or knobs on the tire walls? How about excessive wear in the center tread area due to overinflation? If the tread on your tires does not look event, you may be setting yourself up for problems which reduce your level of safety.


If you take a look at your tires and they appear questionable, bring your vehicle to us for an inspection. We care about you and want to make sure your vehicle is able to stop quickly enough to help you avoid collisions on the road.


The Orinda Motors family, which includes Express Oil Change & Tire Center, Orinda Auto Detail, and Orinda Auto Rentals, is known for its Diamond Certified status and excellent customer service. If you have an issue with your tires and would like our assistance, call 925-254-8989 to schedule an appointment, or drop by our shop at 63 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563. See you soon!



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