How to Check Tire Tread Depth

December 13th, 2017 by

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There are two easy ways to check tread depth:

  • Penny Test – The most popular way of checking your tires’ tread depth is by taking a penny, placing it upside down, and checking to see if you can see all of Lincoln’s head. If you can, that means your tire tread is at 2/32 and you need to change your tires right away.
  • Tire Tread Depth Gauge – Available at auto parts stores, tread depth gauges are easy to use. Simply put the probe into a tire groove, push the grooves flat against the tread block, and check the reading.

Why It’s Important to Check Tire Tread Depth

  • Mileage/Time Recommendations aren’t an Exact Science – Most sets of tires come with different recommended mileage and time limits, but the truth is it’s an imprecise science because the manufacturer doesn’t know the conditions you typically drive in or your individual driving habits.
  • Worse Performance and Fuel Economy – Balding or near-balding tires mean your tires won’t hold as much air or keep as much traction.
  • Failing to Get Your Tires Changed is Dangerous – If you don’t get your tires changed on time, you are at risk, not only of longer stopping speed but of your tires actually blowing out, endangering yourself and those around you.

Get a New Set of Tires from Savannah Toyota!

Is your tire tread depth too low? If you live near Bluffton and it’s time to get new tires, then come to the Savannah Toyota tire center and get your tires replaced today! We also have a rotating selection of service specials to help you save!

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