Here’s a quick pictorial on how to check your tread depth to make sure you’re safe on the road – especially during wet weather conditions where tread depth become significantly important. Avoid aquaplaning (sliding/skidding on the surface of water). Follow the quick procedure below.
BOOM. That was it. Just a quick one – super simple.
As you can see by the figure, just insert a penny into three different areas of each tire (inner groove, middle, and outer groove). Then compare what you see with the picture to determine if you’re OK, in the yellow (need tires soon), or in the red (NEED TIRES NOW). You’ll want to take the lowest tread depth reading of each tire to make your decision.
Remember that when your tread depth decreases, your wet weather stopping distance is significantly affected! Several car lengths of extra braking distance could be the difference between a near miss, and a collision! Play it safe, check your tread regularly (once every couple months with average driving) and avoid an accident.
If you find your tread is low and need new tires, hop on over to our Tire Replacement page and we’ll help you shop for tires and get back to being safe with quality name brand tires, backed by our getTREAD TotalTreadLifeCare protection policy.