Many Cedar Park drivers come to us and ask “How do I check tire tread wear?” We are always happy to tell them that the process is easy and can be done with a ruler or penny! Let us walk you through the process of how to check tire tread depth by yourself, so you can figure out if you need new tires, especially for drivers who don’t have a tire pressure monitoring system or TPMS handy.
Before we tell you how to check the tire tread depth, you’ll need to know what are the depth measurements you should be looking for. In new tires, you should expect them to have a
tread depth of about 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch (about a third of an inch). If you have winter tires, tires for off-roading driving, or even truck and SUV tires, they will probably have a deeper tread groove.
If you find that the depth to be 2/32 of an inch, then you will need to replace your tires according to the U.S. Department of Transportation for safe driving on the Austin roads. Keeping up with routine tire rotation and other proper tire care allows you to use the same set of tires for a long period of time!
So how do you check tire tread wear? While a ruler is the best way to get an accurate tire tread depth, you might not have one, so you can do the penny test instead. Do the following to check your tire tread wear:
If you don’t have loose change on hand, you can try these methods instead:
Tire care is an essential part of safe driving on the Round Rock roads. Come by the service center at Nyle Maxwell GMC and our service technicians can help you! Use our tire and alignment coupons to save on your next tire-related service at Nyle Maxwell GMC. Schedule your appointment now! If you need new tires, shop for them online from us.
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