How to Measure Tire Tread Depth

By Garber Fox Lake Toyota | October 21st, 2018

Not every driver knows how to measure tire tread depth, but every driver should! This simple skill can save you from major mishaps down the road, not to mention costly repairs. And luckily, it’s easy to do. Find out how to measure tire tread depth with tire gauges, indicator bars, and even a penny with our maintenance guide below – and stop by Garber Fox Lake Toyota for more advice!

Why Does Tire Tread Matter?

We recommend that drivers check tire tread depth once per month, but many customers find themselves neglecting this important task. Why? Not everyone knows the importance of tire tread. Your tire tread helps your car stay firmly planted to the road, whether zooming around corners or trudging through the snowy roads. These built-in channels not only grip the road’s surface, but they also funnel water and snow away from the tire to prevent slipping and sliding. So maintaining your tread is essential, particularly during those rough winters in McHenry and Antioch.

How Do I Check My Tread?

Now that you know why tire tread is so important, you’ll probably want to see where your tires stand! Checking your tread is easy with the right tools, and you probably have everything you need in your home already.

  • Tread Depth Gauge: Place the probe into your tread and press the shoulders against the tread block. Your tread should be greater than 2/32 of an inch.

  • Indicator Bars: Some vehicles, like trucks and performance vehicles, have wear bars built into the tire tread. If your tread is flush with the bars, it’s time to head to the tire center for a replacement.

  • Penny Test: Use the tire tread penny test to check your tires for just one cent. With Lincoln’s head facing down, slip the penny between the tread ribs. If you see Lincoln’s entire head, your tread is too low.

Find Out More at Garber Fox Lake Toyota

Now that you know how to measure tire tread depth, you might have some questions. Feel free to contact us at Garber Fox Lake Toyota for more information about tools and techniques that may come in handy. Are you due for a tire rotation or replacement? Check out 5 reasons to choose Garber Fox Lake Toyota over the competition!