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Bald tires can lead to consequences

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Many tire shops recommend that you don't let your tread get below 4/32 of an inch. Many tire shops recommend that you don't let your tread get below 4/32 of an inch.

Winter weather driving can be tricky, but when it comes to your tires there are a few tips that can help you stay much safer on the road.

Many tire shops recommend that you don't let your tread get below 4/32 of an inch. An easy way to do that is to use a quarter (not a penny) and if the tread goes up to Washington's head, you should be okay.

According to the Washington State Patrol the legal minimum amount of tread is 2/32 of an inch, but that is below what many experts recommend.

A lot of people are able to determine that their tires need replacing, but sometimes the cost is too much so folks just let it go. One way to cut down the cost is to opt for used tires that are still in good condition, with decent tread. This can shave off a couple hundred dollars from your cost.

Not letting your tires get bald does prevent many accidents which happen when conditions are either wet or snowy.

John Parks, owner of American Tire Depot says grip is important. "It's the tire's ability to channel water or slush out of the tread pattern to keep the tire in contact with the road. It can increase your stopping distance quite a bit."

The WSP says that if you are in an accident and it's determined that bald tires are part of the cause, you could face a minimum fine of $175.00.

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