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How to Check Your Tire Tread

How to Check Your Tire Tread

A vehicle’s tires are extremely important, as they give you the ability to drive around Doylestown, Philadelphia, Flemington, and Mechanicsburg. But in order for them to do this job well, they need to be in tip-top shape, which means having good tread on them. To ensure that the tread on your tires is holding up, you’ll want to check up on it occasionally.

Our team at Fred Beans Used has put together this guide to teach you how to check your tire tread at home, as well as why it’s so important. Let’s get started!

The Importance of Checking Your Tire Tread

Checking your tire tread is just as important as checking any other part of your vehicle. Your tire tread helps you drive safely by providing traction and grip on the road in all forms of weather. Without proper tread, you’ll lose gripping abilities, leaving room for hydroplaning in even small amounts of water and increased slippage on ice patches.

Ensuring that you have good tire tread can also mean the difference between colliding with another car and not because of how much your braking relies on your tread. It can take you more than 100 extra feet to come to a stop with poor tread than it would with good tread.

Steps for Checking Your Tire Tread

How to Check Your Tire TreadThe easiest way to check the depth of your tire tread is with a penny. Below, you’ll find easy step-by-step instructions on how to do this…

  1. Find a penny.
  2. Insert the penny into one of the tire’s tread grooves, with Lincoln’s head facing the center of the tire.
  3. Bend down and see where Lincoln’s head lines up with the edge of the tread.

As you can see, checking your tire tread is a very easy process and takes only a minute. Even if you don’t have a penny, you can still check your tire tread with a quarter. Read more about how these results will differ from each other, and what both types of results mean for your tires…

The Results of the Penny & Quarter Tests

Now that you’ve done the penny test, let’s see what your results say about your tire tread. For reference, brand-new tire treads measure around a depth of 10/32 of an inch. When placing the penny in the tread, if…

  • Only half of Lincoln’s head is covered, your tread is between 10/32 and 7/32 of an inch, and your tires are good.
  • Some of Lincoln’s head is covered, your tread is between 6/32 and 4/32, and your tires are still okay for a while.
  • Only a sliver or none of Lincoln’s head is covered, your tread is under 3/32 of an inch, and the tires need to be replaced as soon as possible.

If you choose to use a quarter instead of a penny, you’ll want to think about getting your tires changed if only a little bit of Washington’s head is covered.

Time for Some New Tires?

We’re happy that you’ve begun your tire tread research with us at Fred Beans Used! We hope this guide gave you all the information you need to keep tabs on your tire tread.

If you check tire tread using the steps in this guide, and find that it’s time for new tires, we’re ready to help. Drivers in Doylestown, Philadelphia, Flemington, and Mechanicsburg should give us a call today to schedule a service appointment.

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