New Study Issued by AAA Demonstrates that Worn Tires Increase a Vehicle’s Stopping Distance
ABILENE, TX – June 11, 2018 (wwmt.com). According to an article at wwmt.com, a new study conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA) shows that worn tires increase a vehicle’s stopping distance.*
- A new study from AAA shows that it takes longer for a vehicle to stop if they have worn tires. In the United States, nearly 800,000 accidents occur each year on wet roads, per AAA, with many stemming from overly worn tires. In essence, once tires are worn down and wet, they can have deadly consequences. According to Tom Ceniglis, an owner of a tire store in Abilene, Texas, people should change their tires every 5 years. “When you got a wet road and you’re not able to get rid of that water and you’ve got a worn tire, it’s really a cocktail for disaster. You do not want to be in that situation,” Ceniglis stated.
A trick to determine if your tires are overly worn is to take an upside quarter and stick it between the tire grooves. In so doing, AAA indicates that you should not be able to see George Washington’s head. If you do, that means that it may be time to get new tires.
Per the online article, “when someone's tires are worn to a tread depth of 4/32” and they are driving on wet roads, [this] increases their stopping distance by more than 80 feet, which means it will take much longer for them to come to a full stop.”
When it is wet out, it will take longer to stop as it is, so you need to leave yourself with an even bigger cushion to be able to stop as quickly as possible.
There are things people can do to maximize the life of their tires. This includes regularly checking the air pressure, making sure to have their tires rotated and having a tire alignment done.
In their study, AAA performed a number of tests, comparing new tires to those that are worn with a tread depth of 4/32”. With the worn tires, a regular car experienced a stopping distance of 87 feet, with 86 feet for a light truck. The study further demonstrated that a passenger car had a thirty three percent reduction in its handling ability while a light truck had a twenty eight percent reduction.
In light of the foregoing, AAA offers some tips to maximizing driver safety on roads:
- Do not use cruise control if a vehicle loses traction with a roadway;
- Avoid braking hard and making sharp turns
- Do not tailgate – be sure to increase your following distance to allow for enough room if you need to stop quickly.
- If you start hydroplaning, ease off of the gas pedal and steer in the path the automobile should until you regain traction. If you brake hard, this can cause your vehicle to skid.
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