How To Check Tire Tread Depth

Checking Tire Tread


Your tires are as important to your car as the person driving it because they help you steer, keep your grip on the road, and give you cues as to road conditions. However, every set of tires will eventually need to be replaced and when it comes time to come into our service center or replace your tires at home, we’re about to give you some handy information on how to check tire tread depth. If you’re wondering “how do I check tire tread wear?” just keep on reading because we’ve got all the answers.

Tire Tread Depth Fast Facts

When your tires are new, they’ll come with a tread depth between 10/32 and 11/32 of an inch. Certain tires will have deeper grooves, like tires specially built for winter driving. When your tires reach 2/32 of an inch, the United States Department of Transportation suggests that you replace your tires. When you’re making your way through Columbia, you’ll want to make sure your tires have the proper tread depth. You’ll even get some extra life out of your tires.

The Penny Test

Usually, you’re going to want to use a ruler to check your tire’s treads, but if you don’t have a ruler or just want a quick on the go way to check your tires, you can use an ordinary penny. It’s just a few simple steps for you to figure out how to check your tire tread depth:

  1. Place a penny with Lincoln’s head face-first into a tire tread groove.
  2. Look to see if Lincoln’s head is covered and no longer visible in the middle of the grooves.
  3. If you see all of Lincoln’s face, your tire treads are dangerously thin and it’s time to replace them.
  4. Keep checking your tires, all four of them, and in multiple positions.

You’ll also want to check your tires in other ways to ensure that you get the maximum amount of life out of your tires. Checking your tire pressure and inspecting your tires for damage regularly are another great way to extend your tires’ lifespan well into the future.

Find More Tire Service at Honda of Columbia

Is it time to get behind the wheel of your next Honda? Come to the expert service people at Honda of Columbia and we’ll get you through the process from start to finish with minimal hassle. You’ll also love our selection of genuine OEM parts and save with our many service specials. Contact us today for more information and to schedule your next service appointment at our dealership near Aiken!

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