SUVs are great and safe vehicles, but only as safe as the quality of your tires. Tread depth of the tyre is important to ensure that you have the key properties intact. When you go below the threshold value of 4 mm depth, you lose a lot of the key properties. These include braking distance, grip and ability to prevent aquaplaning. This is why it is important that you check your tread depth and preferably also monitor the progress. The easiest way to measure the depth, is to push a coin into the tread and measure how far in you were able to push it. If there is a big difference between the front and the rear tyres in terms of depth, then you should rotate the position so that you can even out the wear.
When you go below 4 mm you should purchase a new set of SUV summer tires, so you can continue to drive safely. You should always purchase a set of 4 new tyres. If you only change 2, then you will have uneven grip between the front and the rear of the SUV, and it will cause the SUV to over or under steer. It’s also important to rotate the tyres so you can ensure that your tyres will wear out evenly.
For hybrid SUVs, as they are heavier they will exhibit a higher degree of wear, so it is even more important that you check the tread depth and also make sure that when you purchase the tyres that you get a set that is designed for hybrid SUVs.
For improved safety, you need to have good tyres and you need to make sure that you maintain and rotate them so that they will last a long time. An important part of your maintenance is visual inspection of the tyres to check that there are no cuts or cracks. You will need to check the tyre pressure, to make sure that you have the correct tyre pressure as indicated in the owner’s manual. Low pressure will lead to higher tyre wear and also contribute to higher fuel consumption.