3 Ways to Check Your Tire Tread

Tire tread is the depths of the grooves on your vehicle’s tires. They are extremely important in how your car grips the road. New tires typically come with 10/32 or 11/32 inch tread. Over time, the treads will wear down. And once they reach 2/32 of an inch, you will need to replace your tires. 


In other words, tread depth is a key factor in determining when you need to change your tires. As a responsible car owner, you should keep up with your vehicle’s tread depth. An easy way to measure your tread is by doing the 1)the penny test.


The penny test is one of the most popular ways to measure your tread. Take a penny and place the coin with Lincoln’s head facing down onto one of your tire grooves. If you can still see any part of Lincoln’s head, it means it is time to swap out your tires. If his head is completely covered at eye level, your treads are still good. You should perform the test on various areas of the tire and on each tire.


If you want a more accurate and precise measurement, you can try the following methods:

2) Tread Depth Gauge - There are tools that you can use to get an accurate measurement of your tire tread. The probing tool is easy to use. All you have to do is press the probe against the tread wall and read the results. 

3) Tread Wear Indicator Bars - Some tires have built-in indicator bars that are put in place at exactly 2/32”. When the tread is flushed with the indicator, it is time to shop for new tires.


If you need assistance with measuring your tread depth or with any other tire maintenance, we invite you to Rev Limit Auto Center today.

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