Summer Driving Safety: Tips for Checking Your Tires (Pt. 2)
July 31, 2014
Picking up from where Summer Driving Safety: Tips for Checking Your Tires (Pt. 1) left off, below we will continue our discussion of proper tire maintenance so that you are aware of how to minimize your risk of tire blowouts, tire failure and car accidents this summer (and throughout the year).
While the first part of this blog focused on discussing some general tire maintenance tips, here, we will take a closer look at how you can easily check the tread on your tires wherever you may be.
Preventing Tire Blowouts: How to Check Tire Tread
The easiest and quickest way to measure tire tread is to use pocket change and place it in between tire tread. How far up the coin the tread hits can inform you whether a tire has sufficient tread. Specifically, use the following simple tests to measure tire tread:
- The penny tire tread test – With the penny facing downwards, place it between the tread of a tire. If the tread covers the top of Lincoln’s head, there is more than 2/32” of tread remaining on the tire. Tires with less than 2/32” of tread are generally considered, by most states’ laws, to be legally “worn out.”
If the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the penny is covered by tire tread, then there is at least 6/32” of tire tread remaining on tires. This is typically the minimum amount of tread you would want on your tires for driving in the snow or ice.
- The quarter tire tread test – With the quarter facing downwards, place it between tire tread. If the top of Washington’s head is covered, then there is at least 4/32” of tire tread remaining. This is generally the minimum amount of tire tread you would want if or when driving on wet or slick surfaces (like, for instance, during the rainy season).
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