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Select a topic from the list below to learn more.

• Air Pressure
• Alignment of Vehicle
• All Season Tires
• Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
• Anti-Slip Control (ASR)
• Aquaplaning (Hydroplaning)
• Asymmetrical Tread
• Balancing
• Bead
• Braking distance
• Camber
• Casing
• Chains
• ContiComfortKit (CCK)
• Date of Manufacture
• Direction of Rotation
• DOT Serial Number
• Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
• Emergency Mobility Systems
• Hydroplaning (Aquaplaning)
• Load Index, Ply Rating or Load Range
• Minimum Removal Tread Depth


• Mixing Tires
• Radial Tires
• Reinforced or XL (extra load) Tires
• Replacement
• Revolutions Per Mile (RPM)
• Rolling Resistance
• Rotation
• Self-Supporting Run-Flat Tires (SSR)
• Speed Symbol
• Temporary Spare Tires
• Tire Gauge
• Tire Size Designation
• Tire Storage
• Toe
• Tread
• Tread Depth
• Tread Wear Indicator (TWI)
• Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG)
• Valve
• Valve Cap
• Winter Tires

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Tread Wear Indicator (TWI)

Tread wear indicators (“wear bars”) are located at the base of the main grooves and are equally spaced around the tire. Always remove tires from service when they reach a remaining tread depth of two thirty-seconds of an inch (2/32"). If not corrected, wet weather accidents are more likely to occur due to skidding on bald or nearly bald tires. Also, excessively worn tires are more susceptible to damage from road hazards. Built-in treadwear indicators, or “wear bars”, which look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread, will appear on the tire when that point of wear is reached. When you see these wear bars, the tire is worn out and it’s time to replace the tire.