good tires in West Michigan

good tires

With the absence of significant accumulating snowfall the last few months, you may have thought we had escaped the icy, cold grip of winter but this month, Mother Nature is ready to prove us all wrong. As she dials up the snow machine this February and the road conditions deteriorate, it’s time to remember once again the importance of good tires on West Michigan roads.


Does tire condition really matter that much?

Absolutely! While many people ignore the telltale signs of worn or improperly inflated tires, the truth of the matter is, good tires are critical to controlling your vehicle safely on West Michigan roads. Regardless of road conditions, tires are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road’s surface below you. Not only do they play an important role in supporting the vehicle’s load and absorbing road shock, but they also are critical in maintaining your vehicle’s direction, traction and ability to brake.  In addition, the friction between the tires of your vehicle and the road’s surface controls the speed of your acceleration and most importantly, the minimum braking distance it will take to bring your vehicle to a stop.


So what plays into your tires performing at their absolute best? We’re so glad you asked!


Tread Depth – Tread depth is the vertical measurement of the top of the tire’s rubber to the bottom of its deepest groove. Tread depth determines how strong of a grip your vehicle has on the road below. If it’s too shallow, your tire will lose traction, resulting in longer braking distances. Most new tires come with 10/32” or 11/32” tread depths, but some vehicles and winter tires may have deeper tread depths than this standard. It is strongly recommended to replace tires when they reach 2/32″, which is when the top of Lincoln’s head is visible when placing a penny into the groove of the tire. In fact, some states even legally require that tires be replaced at this point because driving with tread less than this is so detrimental to safety.


Tire Pressure – Each tire manufacturer has a recommended pressure they recommend keeping your tires at and doing so is critical to your safety and in helping extend your tire’s life span. Tire pressure is greatly affected by the temperature outside and should be monitored regularly to ensure it is still at the correct level, particularly during the winter months. Cold air causes the air inside the tire to constrict, dropping the tire pressure between one and two psi for every 10-degree decrease in temperature. Low tire pressure not only reduces your vehicle’s fuel economy but also decreases your vehicle’s response time with handling and steering.  As roads become treacherous, that reduction in grip can be the difference between getting stuck on a hill or even sliding through an intersection when you are trying to stop.


Type of Tire – A rose by any other name might smell as sweet but when it comes to tires, the type you’re depending on can make all the difference in the world. Tires come in a variety of types to enhance specific performance including All Weather, All Terrain, Competition, Passenger, Performance and Winter. Each has its own unique attributes and improves driving in its own ways but using them at the wrong time can be detrimental to your safety. Tires depend on their tread to maintain traction on any road surface but they really depend on it when your vehicle encounters inclement weather like snow, ice and rain. All-weather and winter tires have specific treads designed with several components including the shape of the tire itself, the thread grooves, voids, lugs, sipes and wear bar that are all key elements to your tire’s performance, particularly on wet or slippery road conditions. They are also designed with special rubber that is softer than regular tires which are better at maintaining their grip in frigid temps over regular tires. That is why a good set of winter tires are strongly recommended in West Michigan during the winter months or at the very least, a good set of all-weather tires.



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