What Tread Depth Should I Replace My Tires At?

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Elizabeth Ava Jones asked 6 months ago
Hi there! I'm a bit confused about when to replace my car tires. I drive quite a bit every day and rely heavily on my car. I recently checked my tire tread depth, and it's between 4-5/32. With a 2,000-mile trip coming up in two weeks, I'm wondering if I should replace my tires before the trip. Money isn't really a concern for me. Can you advise whether I should replace my tires now or wait until they reach 2 or 3/32?
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Zack Norman Staff answered 6 months ago
Hi there, Elizabeth! Great question! The right time to replace tires can vary, but generally, it's safe to start considering new tires when your tread depth reaches 4/32nds of an inch. Given that your tires are already at this depth and you have a long trip coming up, we would recommend replacing them before you go. This is especially important if you'll be driving in wet conditions, as shallower treads can lead to reduced traction and increased stopping distances. Waiting until your treads are at 2/32nds is legally the minimum in most places, but it's not ideal for safety. Since you drive a lot and vehicle safety is important, it's better to err on the side of caution. In summary, go ahead and replace your tires before your trip. It's a good investment in your safety and will give you peace of mind during your journey. I hope that answers your question! Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team