How to Test Tire Tread

Testing your tires to see how much tread is left is easy. Anyone can do it. The problem after becomes picking the right tires for your vehicle and the weather you’re going to be driving in.

What You Need:

  • Tires
  • Penny or Quarter

tools for testing tire tread depth and wear

New tires have a tread depth of 10/32”. A tire is considered worn if the tread is 4/32”, and it’s considered bald if the tread is 2/32” or less. Pennies check for bald tires, and quarters are for worn tires.

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Testing the Tread:

  • Put the penny or quarter, with the head facing down, into the tread
  • If you can see the top of the head, it's time to consider buying new tires for your vehicle

how to test tire tread depth and wear

Testing your tire tread is very important. Having low tire tread puts you at risk for many more problems than just bald tires: less stopping power, less ability to handle the vehicle, collisions, etc.

If your tires don’t need to be replaced, but there are still issues with your car or truck’s ride, ask New Berlin Auto about our wheel alignment services!