How To Check Your Tire Tread: The Penny Test

If you want your tires to maintain a good grip with the road (especially when the road is wet) it is important that your tires have sufficient tread. The tread is the rubber grooves that surround the outside of the tire. The more you drive, the more your tread wears down. Typically a tread depth of 4/32″ or deeper is safe. 3/32″ is safe to drive on, but should be replaced soon, and anything less than 2/32″ is considered a ‘bald’ tire and should be replaced immediately.

Those are some small measurements that would be hard to measure. The Penny Test makes it quick and easy to evaluate where your tire tread is at.

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  1. Find a penny and insert it into the tread with Lincoln’s head pointing down.
  2. Check to see how much of his head is showing above the tire tread.
  3. If you can see his entire head, it’s time to get your tires replaced at Bargain Tire.

It is possible that some areas of your tire will fail the penny test, but other areas are deeper and pass the test. If any part of the tire is less than 2/32″, you should replace the tire. Don’t procrastinate doing this, as it could save you from being in an accident. Bargain Tire makes replacing tires hassle-free. Come see us today in Chubbuck, ID!