Low tread on your tires can be a serious liability at any time of the year. If you have tires that have become worn down, they are an increased liability during the winter for a variety of reasons.
When you check your tires for tread wear, you may only be inspecting the outside portion of the tire. However, some BMWs have suspension designed so that the interior portion of the tire becomes worn down much more rapidly than the exterior portion. So, even though the tire tread may seem decent enough along the outside edge of the tire, that doesn’t mean they’re in good condition, especially for winter driving.
It’s important to inspect every single tire, from the inside to the outside. Wherever the tread is lowest, that’s how you determine when it’s time to replace the tires. You may be at the point where you’re waiting for spring to replace your tires, but that low tread could become a major liability during the next winter storm that could include snow, sleet, freezing rain, slush, and more.
What happens with poor tread?
If you’re tires have low tread, it doesn’t have the ability to allow that winter precipitation to move through the tread lines and that reduces the amount of tire that grips the road. The lower the tread, the less traction you’ll have, especially during winter weather conditions.
Even if it’s only raining outside, poor tread can cause you to lose traction on the road and that can lead to a serious accident. It can also result in longer stopping distances and that has the potential to increase the risk of accidents.