Tread depth is the distance from the deepest part of the tread groove to the very top of the tread block. Regularly checking your tire’s tread depth can help you determine when it is time to replace your tires. Below are three common ways to check your tread depth.
Checking Tread Depth At-Home: The Penny Test
Place a penny headfirst a tread groove. If part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you passed the penny test—you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth remaining in that area. If you can see see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tread is too low to pass the test.
Repeat this process in several grooves around the tire, varying the placement from the inside to the outside. If there are several areas where your tread is too shallow and worn to pass the test, your tires need to be replaced. If not replace, your tires can go “bald” and which drastically increases your vehicle’s stopping distance, especially when roads are wet.
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To avoid being in an accident due to bald tires, you should have your technicians inspect your tires every oil change. It’s also important to check your tires regularly for irregular wear and other exterior damage such as cuts, cracks, or bulges. If you do discover damage or need your tires replaced, give us a call! All of our auto repair services are backed by an industry-leading 3 year / 36,000-mile warranty on parts and labor. Contact us at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online. At V&F we offer:
- Tire sales
- Tire installations
- Tire rotation
- Tire balancing
- Tire replacement
- Wheel alignment
- Tire air pressure checks
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) repair and service
If your car needs maintenance, repair, or tire replacement, call us today at (413)314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.