How to Check Tire Tread Depth

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How to Check Tire Tread Depth

How often should you replace your tires? This varies based on the tire itself and your individual driving habits around Egg Harbor, Atlantic City, and Vineland. In order to know when to replace them, you’ll want to consistently measure the tread of your tires.

Still, how do you check tire tread depth? Our team at Boardwalk Acura wanted to teach you a quick and easy way to do so!

Checking Your Tire Tread Depth

How to Check Tire Tread Depth
To check your tire tread depth, you won’t need any fancy equipment or measuring tools. Just grab a penny and you’re ready to test your tire tread. You’ll want to take the penny and place it in one of the grooves of your tire. Make sure the head side is facing you and that you are pointing Lincoln’s head down into the tread.

You will then want to gauge how much of his head you can visually see when the penny is placed into the groove. If part of his head is covered by the tire, then you still have enough tread. However, if you can see his entire head, that means your tread has worn past a safe range and you’ll want to have your tires replaced immediately.

Why Should I Check My Tire Tread?

How to Check Tire Tread Depth
Your car’s tires are the part of your vehicle that are physically in contact with the roads at all times. Therefore, you need an appropriate amount of tread on you tires, so you can have the proper amount of traction while driving. Having enough tread on your tires will help you stay safe while driving in all weather conditions or on steep inclines by giving you the right amount of stability and traction to avoid any slipping.

However, with this constant connection comes friction, which eventually will wear down the tires. Not only do worn-down tires reduce your traction, but they can also cause unwanted stress on other components and parts of your vehicle.

When your tires become heavily worn, it’s time to replace them. Knowing the tread of your tires will help you maintain that level of stability and safety while driving and keep you informed of when it comes time to make that change.

How Much Tread Should My Tires Have?

When measuring the depth of a tire’s tread, it’s represented in 32nds of an inch. When you get new tires, they usually come with a tread of 10/32 of an inch or 11/32 of an inch. When you test each of your tire’s tread, you’ll want to see how much of that has worn down. Once the tire tread reaches 2/32 of an inch, it is time to replace the tire.

Getting Your Tires Replaced

Now that you know how to check tire tread depth, you’ll want to frequently perform this inspection to be aware of the condition of your tires. If you see that it is time to have your tires replaced, you can schedule service with us at Boardwalk Acura, where our technicians will quickly remove the worn tires and replace them with a new set, so you can continue to drive safely around Egg Harbor, Atlantic City, and Vineland.