How Do I Check Tire Tread Depth?

October 30th, 2018 by

Tire on snowy road

If you’re wondering to yourself, “How do I check tire tread wear?” don’t worry–Garavel CJDR has the answers. All you need is a ruler or penny, and you can check your tire tread depth at home in Greenwich! Follow the steps below, and explore our tire care FAQ’s to learn more.

What is the Recommended Tire Tread Depth?

New tires have a tread depth of about 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch (about a third of an inch). Winter tires and tires designed for off-roading, as well as some truck and SUV tires may have even deeper tread grooves.

At 2/32 of an inch, it’s time to replace your tires according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Proper tire tread depth is essential to safe driving in Stamford, and proper tire care can even extend to life of your tires.

The Penny Test

A ruler is the most accurate way to check tire tread depth, but if you can’t find a ruler in your house—or you are on-the-go and you want to check your tires—a penny will do in a pinch. The design on the U.S. penny makes it the perfect household tool to measure your tire wear. Follow these steps to check the tread depth remaining on your tires.

  • Insert a penny with Lincoln’s head face first into a tire tread groove.
  • Observe if Lincoln’s head is covered and no longer visible between the grooves.
  • If you can see all of Lincoln’s face, that means your tire treads are 2/32 inches deep or less and it’s time to replace them.
  • Repeat this process on all four tires and in multiple locations on each tire.

More Ways to Check Tire Health

There are special tools available in Bridgeport to check your tires, such as a tire tread depth gauge, or tread wear bars that have a visible mark built into the tire which indicates the 2/32 inch mark. While you are checking your tire tread depth, some more things inspect include:

  • Tire pressure
  • Any visible tire damage
  • Tire rot or disintegration
  • Wheel alignment

Maintain Your Tires at Garavel CJDR

When you take your vehicle to your local service center for regular maintenance, the technicians will inspect your tires for any issues or wear. When it’s time to replace your tires, visit our tire center, and be sure to check our parts and service specials to get a great deal! For more guides like this, learn how to reset your Ram 1500’s check engine light!

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