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Ask the Car Chicks: How to know if you need winter tires?

Posted at 12:59 PM, Nov 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-13 14:59:28-05

Kacey Webster, General Manager of Larry H. Miller Chevrolet in Murray, shared some tips on tires now that the snow is here.  She says you do not need new to run out and buy new tires just because it is winter. All-weather tires may work just fine for your car. What you really want to watch out for is when the tread gets low. If you can touch the wear bar on your tire at any point then the tread is too low. If the edges are worn down that means your alignment is probably off and you should look into new tires. An easy way to test the tread on your car is to take a penny and place it head down. If the head is all the way covered then you have more than 2/32nd's of tread depth on your tire which is the minimum amount needed to pass inspection.  You can also test it with a quarter by placing it head down on the tread bar. If Washington's head is covered by the tread then you have more than 4/32nd's of tread depth. That is the minimum that anyone living in Utah should have because of the rain and snow.

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