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6205 Schofield Ave.
Weston, WI 54476
Ph: 715-355-4050
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Stevens Point East

5382 U.S. 10
Stevens Point, WI 54482
Ph: 715-341-1600
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Stevens Point South

3145 Church St.
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Ph: 715-341-1576
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Stevens Point Express

3147 Church St.
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Ph: 715-341-1576
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Green Bay

Green Bay East

2128 Main St.
Green Bay, WI 54302
Ph: 920-465-3790
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2045 S Oneida St.
Green Bay, WI 54304
Ph: 920-494-4936
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Appleton

Appleton East

3333 Express Ct.
Appleton, WI 54915
Ph: 920-993-3339
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Appleton Express

1302 N Richmond St.
Appleton, WI 54911
Ph: 920-734-0555
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Appleton North

424 W. Northland Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911
Ph: 920-364-9540
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114 South Green Bay Rd.
Neenah, WI 54956
Ph: 920-722-2466
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Thursday 18 September 2014

Have Auto Select Check Your Tire Tread Depth

Posted by at 10:12 PM

Have Auto Select Check Your Tire Tread Depth

Auto Select racing enthusiasts have probably heard of racing slicks. Now, slicks have no tread, but they give race cars maximum traction on dry WI racetracks. Insert a little water into the equation, however, and slicks can’t maintain control. Because there is nowhere for the water to go, the tire rides on top of a thin film of water and slides all over the place.

Street tires have treads that are designed to move water out from under the tire so that it can grip the road. The deeper the tread, the more water it can move.  As tires wear they have progressively less traction on wet Schofield roads. That means longer stopping distances and less traction in corners.

So having enough tire tread is important for the safety of Auto Select drivers. There have been tests comparing stopping distances of vehicles with new tires and those with worn tires. The vehicle with worn tires is still traveling at a high rate of speed at the point at which the vehicle with new tires has already stopped. That could be the difference between getting home safely and a serious accident on a surface street or highway.

Many WI safety experts recommend you replace your tires when your tread is worn down to a depth of 4/32ths of an inch. That’s the distance to George Washington’s head when a quarter is inserted upside down into the tread of a properly inflated tire.

You may have heard of the same test using a penny. That gives you about 2/32ths of an inch of tread. The studies have shown a significant safety benefit in replacing tires with the quarter standard.  Ask your Auto Select service specialist to have your tires checked to see how much life you have left in them.