If you’re asking yourself, “How do I check tire tread wear?” and feeling like maybe it’s something you should know how to do already, don’t dismay. This is a common question we here at the Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Buick GMC Richmond service center get from drivers like you every day. And we’re here to provide answers so you can become a more informed and able DIY car maintenance savant! With that in mind, let’s delve into how to check tire tread depth together right now! If, for any reason, you have questions as you read, just contact us for additional help!
Wondering what tread depth your tires should have to safely cruise around town in Henrico or hit the highway in Glen Allen? Well, new tires usually have a tread depth of roughly 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch (that’s about a third of an inch, for easy reference). That said, dedicated off-road tires found on some Buick, Chevrolet, GMC 4×4 vehicles — especially those with lift kits installed — not to mention winter tires often have deeper treads.
While there’s no “suggested” or “recommended” tire tread depth for your vehicle, the U.S. Department of Transportation mandates that when tires reach 2/32 of an inch, they ought to be replaced. In other words, you can legally continue to drive around Goochland and beyond so long as your tires have greater than 2/32 of an inch of remaining tread.
The above having been said, that doesn’t necessarily mean you will want to drive on tires with 3/32 or even 4/32 of an inch left. It all depends on the road conditions and weather conditions. For example, in winter conditions where roads can be icy or fall conditions where there may be slick leaves covering the road, you’re probably going to want tires with a little more tread depth. Buying dedicated winter tires you switch out seasonally can help make your regular tires last long and provide additional peace-of-mind!
The U.S. penny makes it an ideal household item with which to measure your tire tread wear. Of course, using a dedicated tire depth gauge or ruler is more accurate, but even still, a penny will do when supplies are limited! So. How do you use a penny to check tire tread depth? Follow these steps:
With so many people nowadays using electronic payment methods and credit cards, there’s a chance you may not have loose change lying around to conduct the penny test. Not to worry. You can also use these methods to check tire tread depth:
Whether you’re looking for help ordering car parts or more service tips & tricks, Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Buick GMC Richmond is here to help you with all your car maintenance needs! Wondering what the answers to other common questions are, like “what are the best tires for a GMC Sierra 1500?” or “how often should I rotate my tires?”, we can answer all your questions! Contact us today with any lingering concerns, or visit our tire and service center in Richmond when safe and convenient!
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