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tires February 11, 2018

Check the tread life on your tires…it only takes a moment and a penny!

Drivers always wonder if the mechanic or repair shop they visit is actually telling them the truth about the need for new tires, or the cause of concern about worn tires. Whether or not you can trust your mechanic is up to you — only you know the history and the dynamic of the relationship — but the importance of tires in conjunction of your safety is true. More than just black rubber that meets the road as you travel the streets of Clifton, VA, tires provide traction to keep you on your chosen path and provide responsive handling for a smooth, reliable ride.

Here is an easy way to check if the time is right to stop shopping for the holidays, and shop for new tires instead.

  • The tread is important. Test the tread on your tires by using a penny. It’s a simple test that requires only your fingers holding a penny between your thumb and index finger.
  • Make sure President Lincoln’s head is facing you and line up the top of Lincoln’s head in the tire tread groove. If Lincoln’s head is covered by — or at least partially covered by — his head, you have an adequate amount of tread left. But, if you can clearly see the space around the head, you need new tires.
  • To be sure your tires are safe, always check the tread in several location on your tires, as some tires wear unevenly.

For more information on choosing the right tires, or for a tire safety inspection, stop in to Wiygul Automotive Clinic today. Our technicians assist motorists in Burke, VA and Springfield, VA stay safely on the roads. Our staff of trained professionals also can assist with all of your car-care needs, no appointment is necessary, so stop in and see us today.

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