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How Tire Tread Depth Can Affect Stopping Distance

Keeping your tires in good condition will not only help your Mercedes-Benz perform at its best around the streets of North Las Vegas, but it will also ensure that you’re able to stop when needed. Maintaining the proper tire tread depth of your Mercedes-Benz Original Tires allows Las Vegas drivers to experience precision-tuned Mercedes-Benz performance and handling while also being capable of making emergency stops when necessary. See how your vehicle’s tire tread depth plays a part in your vehicle’s stopping distance, and find out how to calculate stopping distance for your vehicle with this guide from the Fletcher Jones Imports tire center

What is Tire Tread Depth?

MaintenanceYou may understand that tire tread depth is important, but what is tire tread depth exactly? Your tire tread depth is the measurement between your tires’ deepest grooves to the top of the tread rubber. Since 1968, the experts have recommended drivers maintain a minimum tread depth of 2/32 of an inch.

Role of Reaction Distance

The distance traveled from the moment you recognize the need to stop to the moment you start braking is called the reaction distance. Driver reaction times vary, but typical reaction times fall between 0.5 to 2 seconds. It’s important to note that reaction time can vary due to other factors like:

  • Anticipation of the need to stop
  • Vehicle speed
  • Fatigue
  • Medications or alcohol

What is Braking Distance?

Braking distance refers to the distance traveled from the time you apply the brakes to the time your vehicle comes to a complete stop. This distance can also vary depending on:

  • Vehicle speed
  • Tire tread depth and condition
  • Road conditions and gradient
  • Your vehicle’s load
  • Braking condition and technology

How to Calculate Stopping Distance Yourself 

Reaction distance and braking distance must both be considered when you calculate the stopping distance of your vehicle. To get an estimate of your vehicle’s stopping distance, perform the following calculation:

  1. Begin with the first digit of the speed your vehicle is traveling and square it. Add a zero to the result, and divide by 2.
  2. Next, double your speed. Add that number to the previous result.

For example, let’s say your vehicle is traveling at 50 mph. You would take the first digit of your speed, 5, and square it to get 25. Then, you’d add a zero to the end to get 250. This number would then be divided by two to get 125. For your next step, you would double your speed of 50 mph (which makes 100 mph) and add that to your previous sum of 125. After all the steps are complete, you’re left with a stopping distance of 225 feet!

How Tire Tread Depth Impacts Stopping Distance

Tire treads have the important job of allowing water, mud, debris, and snow to move through the tire’s grooves. This boosts traction and control by allowing more of the tire to stay in contact with the road during challenging conditions. While experts currently put the minimum recommendations at 2/32 of an inch, new studies are emerging that suggest it could be beneficial to replace your tires sooner. 

A study conducted by TireRack showed that two sedans traveling 70 mph have notably different stopping times when the tires get down to 2/32 of an inch. The sedan with 2/32 of an inch of tire tread depth took an additional 88.8 feet and 1.2 seconds longer to stop compared to the sedan with tire treads at 4/32 of an inch. Results like this have many Spring Valley drivers reconsidering when they replace their tires. 

Get Mercedes-Benz Tire Help at Fletcher Jones Imports! 

You might be able to answer, “What is braking distance,” but where do your tire treads currently stand? The Fletcher Jones Imports tire center can examine your tires for you and make any necessary recommendations for replacements or maintenance. What’s more, you’ll know any tires purchased at our tire center near Paradise are Mercedes-Benz approved and have been designed and sized for your vehicle!

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Fletcher Jones Imports

7300 West Sahara Avenue Las Vegas, NV

Phone: (702) 364-2700


Phone: (702) 364-2700

7300 West Sahara Avenue Las Vegas, NV


Phone: (702) 364-2701

7300 West Sahara Avenue Las Vegas, NV
36.144889 -115.252885
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Fletcher Jones Imports
Fletcher Jones Imports
7300 West Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, NV, 89117 United States
(702) 364-2700
Fletcher Jones Imports 36.144889, -115.252885.