Tire Safety in the Rain

Reduce your risk of hydroplaning and make sure your car’s tires are not worn or bald.


Typically, tire tread above 2/32 of an inch is considered to be adequate. However, some tests have shown that 4/32 is a much safer guideline to follow, especially in dangerous weather conditions like rain and wet roads.

When tires are worn—or even bald—their grooves are no longer able to adequately obtain traction. This causes hydroplaning, or the loss of steering, braking and power control.

And hydroplaning can occur even on damp roads, so it is important to be aware of your tires tread levels. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends checking tire tread levels monthly. Learn how to quickly inspect your tires.

If your tire tread depths are low, don’t let the high cost of new tires prevent you from replacing them. Champtires sells premium used tires at the lowest prices. With more than 30,000 tires in stock, Champtires can get you the size, brand and tread depth you need—all while saving you up to 80% off the cost of new tires.

Shop online— where shipping is always free to the continental U.S. — or shop in person at our three Pittsburgh-area locations, where we also install tires and offer other services:

Pittsburgh: 1319 Washington Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15206

West Mifflin: 1130 Lebanon Rd West Mifflin, PA 15122

North Huntington / Irwin: 15091 State Route 30, North Huntington, PA 15642

Learn more about the dangers of driving with worn tires.

Related Links:

Why Buy Used Tires?

State Inspections and Your Tires



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