January 24, 2022
How To Check Your Tread Depth At Home
If you’ve driven a car recently without sliding off the road, thank your tire tread. The rubber compound grips the pavement, keeping your vehicle secure as you move about the world. Despite its importance, tire tread can often be overlooked as a potential issue on your vehicle. It’s easy to see why, or, rather, it isn’t easy to see.
That’s because tire tread is measured in 1/32nds of an inch. With that sort of measurement, it can be hard to tell when your tires need to be replaced. Sure, you could come visit your local Point S Tire & Auto Service and let us check them for you, but you don’t always have the time. So, today, we’re going to show you an easy way to check your tire tread at home. All you need is twenty-six cents.
The penny test
For anybody who lives in a not-too-rainy or snowy area, the penny test is a classic trick to see how your tread depth is doing. Simply insert a penny into your tire between treads, with Lincoln’s head pointing downward. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, that means your tires are below 2/32nd inches, and should be replaced ASAP.
The quarter test
For those living in a rainier or snowier climate, such as Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Vermont, a little more tread depth is recommended. That’s because that depth allows water on the roads to flow through safely without affecting the tire’s ability to grip the pavement.
For wetter areas, the quarter test is recommended. Just like the penny test above, the quarter test is done by slotting a quarter between the tire treads, with Washington’s head facing downward. If the tire tread still reaches George’s noggin, that means that you’ve got at least 4/32nd inches of tread left, and your tires are good to go!
If it’s below his head, chances are you’re in need of some new tires. If that’s the case, don’t worry! In just an hour, we’ll have you fitted and headed out the door. That’s #NoStressWithPointS.