Why it is Crucial to Check Tire Wear

May 11th, 2018 by

Have you checked your tire tread depth lately? Probably not, if you’re honest, but you should. Tire tread depths make a huge difference to your car’s performance and even your personal safety. In most States, you can get hit with a fine for improper tire depth, too, so it’s time to make sure you have the right amount of rubber on the road.

If you’re not sure how to measure your tire tread depth, then feel free to pop in and we’ll check them for you, for free.

Tire wear can reveal more serious problems, too, which can cost you a lot of money if you leave them to fester. Uneven tire wear can be a sign of an alignment or suspension issue that can get more serious over time. If your tires are worn away on the inside and basically untouched on the outside shoulder, then you should book into a dealer for a quick diagnosis.

Now, in an ideal world, you want 1/8th of an inch of tread on your tires and when it gets much lower than that then you really need to replace your tires at an accredited dealer. But 1/8th of an inch is an abstract measure, so how can you check for yourself?

1. The Penny Test

This is a brilliantly simple test. Simply hold a penny upside-down and insert it into the tire tread. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head then you have less than 1/16th of an inch of tire tread and you need to change your tires urgently. It’s really that easy.

Remember to check at several points, especially if you can see signs of uneven wear. As far as the police are concerned, the minimum tread is all that matters and that is where the tire is most worn.

2. The Quarter Test

If you don’t have a penny, a quarter will do just fine. Turn a quarter upside-down and insert it into the tire groove. If the tread touches Washington’s head or swallows it, then you have the full 1/8th of an inch of tire tread and your tires are in great condition. If it doesn’t come close, you should get your tires checked by a professional.

3. Tire Wear Indicator

You don’t always need to break out the small change. Most modern tires have molded bars at the bottom of the tread grooves. When the tires wear down and these bars are flush with the surface, you have just 1/16 of tread remaining and you need new tires soon. Your tires are still legal, but they’re right at the end of their life.

Make sure you check your tires regularly, and if yours are running low then visit us today for a new set!

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