A press release from KTC titled “Make Sure to ‘DRIVE Tire SMART’: Are Your Tires Ready for Fall?” gives several tips to ensure safety for everyone on the road, which is especially important on thanksgiving weekend when Kentucky’s highways will be packed with travelers. It states that stopping on wet roads can take up to four times the normal stopping distance. “If the tread is worn,” it said, “tires will tend to hydroplane, meaning the vehicle will skim over the surface of the road with little or no traction. As temperatures drop, special attention should be paid to your tires.”
Keith Todd, the public affairs officer for Districts 1 and 2 of the Department of Highways, said that all is takes to check your tread is a penny. Simply insert the penny into the tread on a couple of spots on the tires. If you can see the entire top of Abraham Lincoln’s head, the tire is less that one-sixteenth of an inch deep, meaning it is below the appropriate level and should be replaced. Tires also have “wear bars” on them, which indicate when the treads have been worn down to their limits. Drivers should pay special attention to these.
Stay safe with tips in this story, found in your Cadiz Record.