It is estimated that 400 fatal accidents occur due to improper tire maintenance. Here are some simple tests you can perform yourself to assure that the tires you currently have will get you to where you need to go safely.
Observe the Tread Pattern
All tires carry what are referred to as the “tread wear bars” which are small ridges that form on the surface of the tires. One of the common indicators that your tires need to be replaced is when your the tread wear bars begin to even out with the tire surface.
The Penny Test
Take a penny, place it upside down so that Lincoln is facing you and place it on the ridge.
- -If you can see the Lincoln’s head, tires should be replaced immediately.
- -If you can partially see the lush full headed set of hair of honest Abe, you should start thinking about replacing the tires.
- -If you can see Lincoln’s forehead, keep driving. You’re all good to go.
Tire Tread Depth Gauge
Tire tread depth gauge is a relatively cheap measuring device available in most auto supply store. You can use the gauge to measure the treat to get a more accurate reading.