It’s important to check tire tread periodically for a number of reasons. Tire inspection can keep you aware of the progression of the life of your tires and help you to know when it’s time to have them replaced. Replacing a worn or damaged tire immediately will help to avoid mishaps that can lead to breakdowns or traffic accidents.
It’s quite simple and effective to check tire tread yourself, and there are numerous ways to do it. Tire wear can be determined using a tire tread gauge, which is an instrument that will measure tire tread depth without any guesswork. If a gauge isn’t accessible to you, many newer tires are designed with a built-in indicator that can be seen upon inspection. Finally, there is an old-school method for checking tire tread by using a penny.
Once you’ve chosen your preferred method of checking tire tread, you can easily assess the remaining life of your tires. When using a tire tread gauge, you’ll want to make sure there’s at least 1/16″ of remaining tread all the way around the tire. Alternatively, by taking a penny from your pocket, you can insert it into the tread with Lincoln’s head facing downward. Perform this test over many different locations on the tire, and if the tread covers his head and face at each location tested, there’s plenty left to keep you safe. New tires that are designed with an indicator will produce a line perpendicular to the tread, once a certain amount of tire wear has been reached. If you can see this line, it’s necessary to replace the tires immediately.