Replacing Your Tires in Baton Rouge, LA, Serving Lafayette, New Orleans, & Prairieville

Hollingsworth Richards Ford in Baton Rouge, LA - serving Lafayette, New Orleans, and Prairieville - is an expert resource for learning when to replace your vehicle's tires. You might believe your stopping power originates only from your brakes, but the truth is your tires play a major role in your road safety. As a car owner, it's important to recognize when your tires are ready for a replacement. If you're not sure how to check your tires, keep reading to find out.

According to most state laws, tires are legally worn out when they have reached 2/32" of remaining tread depth. A handy trick for finding out your tread depth is to use a penny or a quarter in the grooves. When using the penny, if Lincoln's head is always covered by the tread, you have more than 2/32" of depth remaining. With a quarter, having Washington's head always covered means you have more than 4/32" of tread depth remaining.

While you may meet the legal requirements of tread depth, it's crucial you pay attention to the performance of your tires, especially in snow or rain. Your tread depth determines how well you can maintain traction in difficult weather situations, and when it's too low, you are at risk of hydroplaning at highway speeds. If rain is a concern where you live, consider replacing your tires when they reach 4/32" of remaining tread depth. If snow is a concern, consider replacing your tires at 5/32" of remaining tread depth.

Hollingsworth Richards Ford is always available to answer any questions or concerns you have about your vehicle's tires. We can help you inspect the tread on your tires and suggest replacement options, should you need them. Our highly-trained technicians can replace your tires quickly and realign your vehicle for optimal traction on the road. Schedule your next tire service appointment online, and then visit us at 7787 Florida Boulevard.

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