When should I replace the tires on my Volkswagen?
Volkswagens have a lot of perks. As a premium automaker, Volkswagen is considered by many to be a step above conventional brands while not being quite to the level of the high-priced luxury vehicles. Maintaining your Volkswagen takes a lot of work, and one of the most important components are the tires. Don’t ignore the signs that it may be time to replace them. Learn more here on our blog!
We get it. Tires aren’t cheap, so it can be tempting to let them run their course until the tread is virtually gone in an effort to save money. While this may make sense financially, it can be dangerous. The tire tread is what allows you to stop quicker when you brake. In some cases, just a little wear on the tire tread can mean the difference between over 100 feet when braking with the same amount of pressure.
You may have heard of the penny test, where you stick a penny upside down in the tire tread to see if the top of Lincoln’s head is visible. This depth is only 2/32” deep, though, and it’s recommended that you have at least 4/32” of tread depth for optimal traction. For those of us driving in the Midwest where there is frequent rain, ice, and snow, it’s recommended to have a tread depth of 5/32”. That extra tread depth makes a huge difference in slippery conditions.