Guide for How to Check Tire Tread Depth

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Austin drivers often ask questions about the life of their tires, such as, “how do I check tire tread wear?”. With this guide from Covert Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, you can learn how to keep a close watch on those tires of yours. Contact our tire center if you think you are in need of new tires today. 

Tire Tread Depth: Standard Information

Generally speaking, new tires have a depth from 10/32 to 11/32 of an inch – around a third of an inch. These dimensions apply to standard tires. If you have purchased off-road tires, winter tires, or have a vehicle that requires specialized tires, you could have deeper grooves in your treads. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation has an official recommendation for when to replace your tires: when the tire tread depth is down to 2/32 of an inch. For assurance and safety on Westlake roads, be prepared to change your tires at this point. 

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear?

Luckily, many tires have “tread wear bars” (among other numbers) installed that tell you when you should change your tires. In other cases, the so-called “Penny Test” is a very simple way for Round Rock drivers to learn how to check tire tread depth. Here are the Peny Test steps:

  • Insert a penny in the groove, Honest Abe’s head first. 
  • The tread depth should cover Lincoln’s entire face. If this isn’t the case, you probably are looking at 2/32 of an inch or less.
  • A penny is no replacement for the accuracy of a ruler, so always double-check your measurements. Remember to check all of your tires each time you do a test. 

Other Tire Inspection Tips

Leander drivers know that caring for their tires is a holistic job. Here’s a checklist for tire inspection: 

  • Tire pressure check
  • Look for visible damage to the tread or sidewalls of tires
  • Look out for disintegration or tire rot
  • See if the wear is uneven

Come to Covert Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for tire inspection and other great services

Confident that you now know how to check tire tread depth? Still asking “how do I check tire tread wear?” The service department at Covert Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is happy to help drivers from the Austin area make sure their tires are in the right condition and has dedicated technicians to help rotate or change your tires! Browse our website for more service tips on topics like tire rotation and so much more. Please contact us — we’d be happy to answer any and all questions you have about tires, service, or even our inventory of vehicles!

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Austin, TX, 78758 US
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