How To Check Tire Tread Depth

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How do you check tire tread wear? The team at Atlantic Cadillac is here to provide you with all of the answers you’re looking for. Knowing your tire tread is important for maximizing your safety on the Farmingdale roads. As you drive around town, your tire tread gets lower and you’ll start to notice a reduction in traction and performance.

Eventually, you’ll need to get a new set of tires once your tire tread has been fully worn. Luckily, all that’s needed to check your tire tread is a ruler or even a common penny. You can check your tire tread depth right at home. Learn more about how to check tire tread wear today with the service experts at Atlantic Cadillac. Here’s what we’ll go over today regarding your tire tread:

  • What is the recommended tire tread depth?
  • What are the steps for how to check your tire tread depth?
  • What are wear bars on tires?
  • What is the tread depth on new tires?

What is the Recommended Tire Tread Depth?

The recommended tread depth of a tire can vary depending on its age, condition, and type. However, the U.S. Department of Transportation typically recommends replacing your tires when the tread depth is at 2/32 of an inch or when the wear bars on your tires are showing that it’s time for a tire replacement. By ensuring your tires have more than enough tread, you’ll ensure that you can keep yourself and others safe on the streets of Smithtown.

The Penny Test

One of the most common ways to check your tire tread is with a ruler or a tire tread measuring tool. However, if you don’t have any of those items easily accessible, you can utilize the penny test. All you need is a U.S. penny for a quick estimate of where your tire tread is at. Follow these quick and simple steps to check the tread depth remaining on your tires:

  1. Insert a penny with Lincoln head-first into a tire tread groove.
  2. See if Lincoln’s head is covered and no longer visible between the grooves.
  3. If you can still see all of Lincoln’s head, your tire treads are around 2/32 inches deep or less and they need to be replaced.
  4. Go ahead and repeat this process on all four tires and in multiple locations on each tire.

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear Using Different Methods?

Some drivers will use their credit and debit cards instead of cash since they don’t always have a penny on hand. Below are additional ways that you can check your tire tread depth:

  • Tread Depth Gauge: You would need to purchase it, but many Melville car owners consider this an affordable and worthwhile investment. Simply insert the probe into the shallowest tread groove, then press the top bar of the gauge flat against the tire to read the tread wear rating.
  • Tread Wear Bars: Most tires come with tread wear indicator bars built into them at the bottom of the tread grooves in multiple locations across the tire. If you notice that the bars are flush with the tire ribs that surround them, the tread depth has reached 2/32 of an inch.

What Are Wear Bars on Tires?

We’ve briefly discussed wear bars on tires but what are they and does every tire have them? In short, tire wear bars are indicators built directly into the rubber tread of a tire. This allows drivers like you to easily inspect your tire wear without having to utilize a ruler or purchase a special tool.

Not every tire has tread wear bars so be sure to work with our experts to confirm. Most of the time, the wear bars are raised to 2/32 of an inch, and once your tire tread has reached them, it’s time for a new set of tires.

What Is the Trade Depth on New Tires?

New tires will have a tread depth of about 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch. However, keep in mind that the tread depth on new tires can vary depending on the specific tire that you have. Winter tires and tires designed for off-roading, as well as some truck and SUV tires, may have deeper tread grooves for more ruggedness and versatility.

However, the tread depth on new tires designed for track usage or summer performance may be lower when brand new. Make sure you know what kind of tread depth your new tires have when you purchase them so you can keep an eye on tire wear.

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