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The Penny Tire Tread Depth Guage05.17.2023 | Okan Sengullu

The Coin Test for Tires

Having a good set of tires with treads that can grip the road is an essential safety feature for your vehicle, and there’s a quick, easy, and cheap way to test your tread depth. It won’t cost you a penny, but the lowly penny is an essential part of the test.

The Penny Tread Test – What is It?

As we said, the penny tread test is a quick and easy way to check your tire treads. And because it’s so easy, it’s a good idea to perform this test every month or so, especially if you do a lot of driving.

Here’s all that you do. For checking treads, take a penny, hold it between your thumb and forefinger, then point Lincoln’s head into the tread at several places on each of your tires.

As you move from point to point and tire to tire, if you see the top of Lincoln’s head, that means your tread is badly worn and no longer safe for driving. In that case, you need to head to your favorite garage and replace your tires.

And that’s it, the tire test with a coin!

The Penny Tire Tread Depth Guage

And Don’t Forget to Check Your Pressure!

Along with tread depth, maintaining the right pressure in your tires is also crucial. Under-inflated tires wear out faster. They also tend to overheat, and overheating can lead to a blowout and a potential disaster on the highway.

If you’re uncertain about the proper pressure for your tires, check the owner’s manual or the sticker on the door frame on the driver’s side of your vehicle. Either of these will tell you the proper psi (pounds per square inch) for your vehicle.

Bucaro Brothers Auto Care at Your Service

If the penny test tells you that you need new tires, bring your vehicle to Bucaro Brothers Auto Care, conveniently located in Lincoln Park, and we’ll get you fixed up and ready for the open road in no time at all.

And if you need more than tires, our ASE-certified technicians can provide expert repair services for all makes and models, both domestic and foreign.

Whatever your automotive maintenance and repair needs may be, we can handle them for you at Bucaro Brothers Auto Care. Come see us today!

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