19 Dec Preventing Tire Blowouts: How to Check Your Tire’s Tread (Part 2)
Continuing from Preventing Tire Blowouts: How to Check Your Tire’s Tread (Part 1), the following provides some basic instructions for how drivers can quickly and easily check the tread on their tires. Regularly checking to make sure that a vehicle’s tires have sufficient tread is essential to minimizing the chances of experiencing a tire blowout, which could, in turn, cause a serious car accident.
The Quarter Test for Checking If Tires Have At Least 4/23” of Tread
During the spring or particularly rainy seasons, it’s advised that drivers have at least 4/32” of tread on their tires to minimize the risk of hydroplaning on slick roads. To check if your tires have at least 4/32” of tread, use the quarter test:
- Hold a quarter with Washington’s head facing downwards.
- Place the quarter between the grooves of the tire’s tread.
- Look at the front of the quarter – if the top of Washington’s head is covered by the tread, then the tires have at least 4/32” of tread.
The Penny Test for Checking If Tires Have At Least 6/23” of Tread
If you are driving in snowy conditions, then experts recommend that you have at least 6/32” of tread on your tires. To check to see if your tires have at least this amount of tread, use the penny test:
- Hold a penny with the top of Lincoln’s head facing downwards.
- Place the penny in the grooves of the tread.
- Look at the back of the penny – if the top of the Lincoln Memorial is covered by the tread, then there is at least 6/32” of tread on the tires.
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