The tread on your tires exists to give you traction, especially on slick roads. The more worn the tire is, the less traction it will provide. Tread wears down gradually over time, so it’s vital to stay vigilant. Once your tread wears past 1/16th of an inch, then it’s definitely time to replace your tires.
There are a few different ways to assess if your tires are worn past the point of safety. Each tire should have “tread wear bars” that become more apparent as the tires become more worn. Once these are level with the tire’s tread, then it’s time to get new tires.
The “penny test” is also common. Place an upside-down penny in your tire’s tread. If you can see the top of Abe Lincoln’s head, replace your tires. If you can see his hair, think about replacing your tires. If you can’t see that far up, then your tread is fine.
Tread depth indicators are dedicated tools for checking your tires. They’re affordable and likely available at your nearest auto parts store.
If you have any question about your tires, don’t wait until something goes wrong to check them out. As your new tire dealer, we’re happy to provide advice when you need it. Stop in at Mike’s Tire & Service Center today!