Rainy weather can increase the likelihood of a car accident. Add worn tire treads into the mix, and the chance of an accident becomes even higher.
AAA research found that driving on wet highways with worn treads can increase stopping distances by 43% when compared with new tires. This study was done on treads worn to 4/32”, despite treads of 4/32” or deeper being considered “good” tires by industry standards. The research also found that passenger vehicles had a 33% reduction in handling ability.
Experts advise checking tire treads regularly and changing tires when necessary. Drivers should also increase following distances in wet conditions to allow for the bigger stopping distance.
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