Tire Tread

How to Check Tire Tread

If your car tires are looking worn, you may be wondering how to check tire tread depth. It’s easy! Cecil Atkission Motors Uvalde has got your back. All you need is a ruler or a penny and you’re set. Read on to learn more about how to check tire tread depth, and if you need new tires, visit Cecil Atkission Motors Uvalde in Uvalde. Cecil Atkission Motors Uvalde is your new tire source.

What’s a Safe Tire Tread Depth?

Tread depths vary from tire to tire, but usually, new tires have tread depths of around 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch. Heavy-duty tires, like winter tires or those used for off-roading, tend to have deeper tread grooves to provide better traction So, how do you know when your tread depth is too shallow? When your tire reaches about 2/32 of tread, the U.S. Department of Transportation recommends tire replacement. Adequate tire tread depth is vital to staying safe on Del Rio roads. 

Use a Penny to Check Tire Tread

If you’re wondering, “How do I check tire tread wear?” go find a penny. The most accurate way to measure the tread depths on your tires is to use a ruler, but if you don’t have a ruler or you need to check your tires while out and about in Eagle Pass, you can use a penny. Once you have a penny handy, follow these steps:

  1. Place a penny between the tread grooves of the tire. Turn Lincoln’s head so it’s upside down.
  2. Look to see how much of Lincoln’s head is covered by the grooves.
  3. If you can see all of Lincoln’s face, your tire treads are 2/32 of an inch or less and you need to get new tires.
  4. Complete the penny test on several areas on each of your vehicle’s four tires.

How to Keep Your Tires in Good Condition

If you don’t want to use a penny, there are special tools to check your tire tread depths, such as a tire tread depth gauge. It makes it easier to tell when your tires are 2/32 of tread or less. You should also do the following on a consistent basis: 

  • Check the wheel alignment 
  • Rotate your tires
  • Check tire pressure (including the spare tire)
  • Inspect the tires for any visible signs of tire damage
  • Check for tire rot or disintegration

Schedule Tire Service at Cecil Atkission Motors Uvalde Today

If you live near Crystal City and your vehicle is due for an inspection or tire replacement, visit Cecil Atkission Motors Uvalde today. Our professional service center team is ready to help with all of your tire needs, from new tires to repairs and more. We can check your tire pressure, and even offer more service tips like how to check your car oil, why your car is leaking, or how often to get your oil changed. Have questions? No problem. Give us a callor schedule service online.

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