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Lessons Learned Driving on Bald Tires

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As I mentioned before, I am driving around a well-used ’07 Pontiac G6. About a month after my first major foray into diy car care, I found something out–in the rain, my car has gradually turned into a giant metal sled pulled by a dog with severe attention problems. I nearly slid sideways through an intersection in the world’s worst version of Tokyo Drift.

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Yes, worse than the actual Tokyo Drift

Then, the car started squealing while I turned. A lot. It got so that, even during tiny turns, it sounded like I was peeling out down the straightaway, rather than turning left out of Taco Bell.

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Turns out my tires are so bald that they are self-consciously wearing a bad toupee.

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So, the main lesson about driving on bald tires is, more or less, just don’t. A worn tire’s treads just don’t work at pushing water away like they used to, leaving water under the treads and turning your drive home through the rain into the world’s most dangerous slip n’ slide.


Yes, more dangerous than the actual slip-n-slide

A secondary lesson is that tires are very expensive. My new set of medium-level tires is going to run me somewhere in the neighborhood of $500.