Don’t drive on worn out tires across the country–ship your car with Nationwide!

Posted June 10th, 2011 by Chip Shipt and filed in Transport Tips, Vehicle Transport
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Avoid flat tires and blowouts on long trips--ship your car with Nationwide!So, you’re about to move across the country, and you’re wondering how you’re going to get the family cars to the new homestead.

The tires on one of your vehicles have been been troubling you for a bit. You’ve known you need a new set, but getting new tires is a pain, of course. No one likes to shell out money for that. Yet, like everything else, tires have their day in the sun… and then the sun sets… on the tires.

One old-fashioned method for measuring your tire tread is to use a penny:

U.S. coins can be substituted for a tire tread depth gauge as tires wear to the critical final few 32nds of an inch of their remaining tread depth.

Place a penny into several tread grooves across the tire. If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by the tread, you have more than 2/32″ of tread depth remaining.

But also keep in mind:

According to most states’ laws, tires are legally worn out when they have worn down to 2/32″ of remaining tread depth.

If you find that you have barely enough tread left to be “street legal,” it’s not time to breathe a sigh of relief. Actually, it’s time to get new tires. Being right at the limit puts you at increased risk for a puncture or a blowout. I had a blowout once at high speed on the freeway. Luckily, I did not lose control of the car, but it was a scary experience and extremely inconvenient. I had to change the tire on the side of the road as cars whizzed by and find and purchase a tire in a strange environment. Not fun!

So, back to our scenario… You are considering whether to drive your car to your new home or ship it with Nationwide. You look at your tires and do the penny test. The tread level seems less than ideal. What to do?

There are many reasons to ship your car with Nationwide, such as saving the time and inconvenience required to drive yourself. But not having enough tread is another good reason. It’s dangerous and could put you in an inconvenient situation like the one I experienced. Ship the car and get a new set of tires in your new town.

Or get a new set of tires in your old town and ship the car anyway. Because it’s such a pain to drive that whole way!

For more information, please talk to one of our Express Car Shipping Experts today!

Chip Shipt
The Nationwide Auto Transport Blog Team

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