Continuing from Quick Tips on How to Check Tire Tread to Prevent Tire Blowouts (Part 1)¸ the following provides step-by-step directions on how drivers can use a penny and a quarter to check the tread on their tires. By regularly performing these tests to check tire tread, drivers can ensure that they are not driving on bald tires, which will significantly reduce their chances of experiencing a tire blowout and possibly even a car accident.
The Penny Test: Using a Penny to Check if Tire Tread is at Least 2/32” or 6/32”
To check to see if your tires have at least 2/32” or 6/32” of tread on them, you can use the penny test, which is as follows:
- Hold the penny with Lincoln’s head facing downwards (i.e., your fingers should be holding the penny from the bottom).
- Place the penny between the raised tread on the tires (i.e., in the grooves of the tread).
- To check to see if the tire has at least 2/32” of tread, look at the front of the penny. If the tread covers the top of Lincoln’s head, then there is more than 2/32” of tread on the tire.
- To check to see if the tire has at least 6/32” of tread, look at the back of the penny. If the tread covers the top of the Lincoln Memorial, then there is more than 6/32” of tread on the tire.
The Quarter Test: Using a Quarter to Check if Tire Tread is at Least 4/32”
To check to see if your tires have at least 4/32” of tread on them, you can use the quarter test, which is as follows:
- Hold the quarter with Washington’s head facing downwards (i.e., your fingers should be holding the quarter from the bottom).
- Place the quarter between the raised tread on the tires (i.e., in the grooves of the tread).
- To check to see if the tire has at least 4/32” of tread, look at the front of the quarter. If the tread covers the top of Washington’s head, then there is more than 4/32” of tread on the tire.
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