26 Dec How to Check if Your Audi Tires Are Safe to Drive On
It’s important to maintain the good condition of your Audi tires. This is a matter of safety and protecting your engine from instant wear and tear. Basically, your tires’ tread depth dictates how safe it is to drive on. The deeper it is the better for the traction and overall performance of your vehicle.
Ensuring that your tires are in prime condition is crucial for your own safety and the people around you. Safe to say, your tires will reduce or increase your risk of accidents.
The risks of not checking your Audi tires
Worn out tires have poor road grip. It will also affect your car’s fuel performance among other factors. If you let your tires sit with very low tread depth, there are two possible risks you’re going to face:
Increased stopping distance. Since your tires don’t have enough tread to form heightened traction during stops, your stopping distance will be drastically affected. For example, if you have a 3mm tire running at 5 mph, you’ll have a stopping distance of about two car lengths. This should be reduced if you have better tires, say 1.6mm.
Aquaplaning. This is a very dangerous condition. When you’re driving on a rainy day or on a soaked road, a tire with low tread depth will likely travel on top of the water surface. This will make your brakes and steering ineffective, thus an increased possibility of accidents.
How to check your Audi tires
The good thing about checking your tires tread depth is that you don’t always have to go to a mechanic. There are some tried and tested methods here. In the UK, they run the 20p test. They place a 20 pence coin within the tread groove. If the outer band of the 20p is buried or if you can’t see half of the “20p” word, it means your tires have good tread depth. Otherwise, a replacement is needed.
In the U.S., you can use a penny and insert it with Lincoln’s head upside down. If the entirety of Lincoln’s head is showing, this means your tires’ tread depth is no longer optimal for driving. You’ll need a replacement at this point. Do this coin checks in several spots of your tire’s grooves.
Signs that you need new tires
If you’re not sure if your tires are already worn out, it’s best to look for these signs. Remember, your safety is at stake here and it’s not proper to take chances.
Tread indicator bars. Newer tire technologies have the so-called ‘indicator bars’. These are usually hidden when the Audi tires are new. But once it starts showing up flatly, it’s a sign that you need new tires.
Sidewall cracks. The tread isn’t the only replacement factor to check here. If your Audi tires have cracks on the sidewall, it might be time to consult a mechanic. This is a telltale sign of potential leaks that can blow out if you drive with it continuously.
Excessive vibration. Vibration is typical when driving. But if you’re experiencing excessive and bothersome vibration, you need to have your Audi tires checked as soon as possible.