How to Check Tire Tread Depth

Are the tires on your vehicle getting bald, but you’re hoping to get more miles out of them before buying a new set? Do you know how to check tire tread depth? Tulley BMW of Nashua in Nashua is your best tire resource! Look around and find a penny so you don’t have to ask how to check tire tread depth anymore. Follow the steps below to check your tire tread depth.

What is a Safe Tire Tread Depth?

Tire tread depths vary greatly depending on the type of tires. Normally, new tires have tread depths between 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch. Heavy-duty tires that are on off-roading vehicles or that are used in winter driving conditions have much deeper tread grooves to provide enhanced traction. A safe tire tread depth is typically about 2/32 of tread, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. If your tires are less than that, it’s time for a new set of tires to keep you safe on Manchester streets. Call the parts department at Tulley BMW of Nashua so we can get your new tires ordered right away.

Use a Penny to Check Tire Tread Wear

Tulley BMW of Nashua can answer the question, “How do I check tire tread wear?” Grab your penny to check the tread depths of your tires. You can also use a ruler, but if you don’t have a ruler, a penny works fine. When you have a penny in hand, follow these simple steps so you never have to ask, “How do I check tire tread wear?” again.

  1. Place your penny between the tread grooves on your tires. Rotate the coin so that President Lincoln’s head is pointing downward.
  2. Look at how much of Lincoln’s head is covered up by the grooves of the tires.
  3. If you can see all of Lincoln’s face, the tread on that tire is below or at 2/32 of an inch and it is time to replace it with a new one.
  4. Check the tire tread depth in this same manner on all four of your vehicle’s tires.

Tips to Help Keep Your Tires in Good Condition

If you have questions about tire care, such as, “What do tire numbers mean?” contact the service department at Tulley BMW of Nashua, near Lowell, MA. You should also regularly do these tasks to help maintain your tires in good condition:

  • Inspect all your tires regularly for any signs of damage
  • Check for excessive or uneven wear
  • Check your tire pressure (don’t forget your spare tire) – The recommended PSI is printed on the outside of the tire
  • Check the wheel alignment
  • Have your tires rotated regularly

Contact the Service Center at Tulley BMW of Nashua if You Need Tire Service

You’re probably no longer wondering how to check tire tread depth. If you have any other tire care questions or want to know what do tire numbers mean, call Tulley BMW of Nashua. Our friendly service center specialists are always happy to help, and we are just a quick drive from Westford. From new tires to oil changes, auto service or car parts and accessories, we’re always at your service. Contact us today.

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