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7 Dangers of Driving On Worn Out Tires

At Grandcity Autobody, we understand how easy it is to take your tires for granted. They’re just lying there on the car, not doing much of anything other than holding the vehicle up and moving it forward. But they’re actually a very important part of your vehicle—they keep you safe while driving and can even save lives if they are working as they should be.

Tires are the only part of your vehicle that touches the road, so they’re a crucial component to safe driving. When tires are worn out, they can create unsafe driving conditions by:

1. Losing traction

Worn out tires don’t provide enough traction on wet or icy roads. With less tread to grip onto surfaces like water and ice, your tires will have trouble staying on course when you need them most–in bad weather conditions. This could lead to an accident if you aren’t able to control your vehicle well enough as a result of this lack of traction.

2. Developing uneven wear patterns

This can happen over time due to excessive heat or cold exposure (depending on where you live). This uneven wear pattern causes one side of your tire treads’ rubber compounds to not only become harder than others but also crack open more easily under stress from normal use such as turning corners sharply at high speeds; this leads us back to our first point about how worn out tires may cause accidents because these cracks can widen quickly under pressure from sudden movements, like hard braking or accelerating suddenly!

3. Increasing your risk of a tire blowout

Tire blowouts are one of the most dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations you can face while driving. Tire blowouts can cause serious damage to your vehicle, which may result in injuries or death if you’re involved in an accident while driving on worn-out tires.

4. Increasing your risk of losing control of your vehicle

Worn out tires also increase your risk of losing control of your vehicle because they have less traction than new tires. A loss of control is another major cause of accidents involving drivers who have worn out tires on their vehicles.

5. Increasing your risk of a flat.

Tires should be replaced when they’re worn out, not just at their expiration date. The tread wear indicators on your tires are there to help you decide if it’s time to replace them. But if you wait until your tires reach the point where they begin to show signs of excessive wear, then it can be too late–you could end up in an accident or get a flat tire that causes damage to other parts of your car because those parts weren’t designed for use with worn-out tires. 

When choosing new ones, make sure that the tread depth is between 1/16 inch and 2/32 inch (1mm – 5mm).

6. Getting you in trouble with the law!

Driving on worn-out tires can put you at risk for being pulled over by law enforcement officials who may cite you for driving on bald tires or expired registration tags or inspection stickers and impound your vehicle until all costs are paid off by you or your insurance company; things like these can escalate quickly into a much larger liability issue for you than just having worn out tires on your car or truck when pulled over by law enforcement officials who suspect that you are driving around with expired registration tags or inspection stickers, etc., on your vehicle.

If this happens to you, then it is likely that the officer will check out the vehicle even further before letting it go; if there are other problems found during this inspection (like missing lights), then those will also be cited as well and added onto whatever fines were already incurred due to violating state laws regarding minimum tread depth requirements for vehicles traveling public roads–which means more money out of pocket!

7. Increasing your susceptibility to punctures

Bald tires are far more likely to get punctured by debris on the road compared to tires that have adequate tread depth. This can cause tire blowouts and dangerous accidents.


We hope that you’ve learned a lot about the dangers of driving on worn-out tires. The most important thing to remember is that it’s not worth risking your life or others’ lives just because your tires are old or need replacing. If you have any questions about what we’ve discussed here today, please feel free to contact us at Grandcity Autobody. We have autobody shops in Richmond and Vancouver for your convenience and safety.