Is it time to replace your tires or can you get more mileage out of them on roads? Every driver wants to use their tires for as long as safely possible to make the most of their investment. Fortunately, the state of your tire tread depth can clue you in as to whether it’s time for replacement! If you don’t know how to check tire tread depth, there are three simple methods you can use at home. The service pros at Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet provide instructions for each, below.
Before we dive into how to check tire tread depth we should take a look at where your tread depth should be to continue driving safely in . When tires are new, their tread depth ranges from 10/32 of an inch to 11/32 of an inch (or about one third of an inch). If you have winter tires or all-terrain tires, they likely start out with a deeper tread depth.
Tires should be replaced when the tread depth reaches 2/32 of an inch. This is the recommendation of the U.S. Department of Transportation. If your tread depth gets lower than that, there’s a higher risk of losing control of your vehicle during poor weather conditions and the tires are more susceptible to flats and blowouts.
Most car owners would probably reach for a ruler first to measure their tread depth, but what if you’re out on a road trip and you experience tire issues? In a pinch, you can use a penny to check your tire tread wear! Here’s how it works:
If you can see Lincoln’s head when you do the penny test, schedule tire replacement as soon as possible. Tires can be a big expense—if you’re worried about affording them, we invite you to check our service specials and explore service financing options.
How do you check tread wear using the two other methods we spoke of? If you can’t find a ruler or a penny, try out one of the following:
If you’re in the area searching for affordable service nearby, look to Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet. We provide affordable, timely service for our customers. You can search for new tires online or schedule a visit with us to get started!
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