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How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear?

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When you’re driving around Chicago, it’s important to have the proper amount of tire tread to ensure that you’ve got all the traction you need. Many new tires have a tread depth of around 10/32 of an inch and winter or off-road tires will have an even deeper tread depth. However, as you tackle your Naperville commute, your tire tread will begin decreasing.


According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, once your tire tread depth has reached 2/32 of an inch, it’s time to get new tires. But, how do you check tire tread wear? Fortunately, our service experts at Valley Honda are here to help. We’re going to go over how to check your tire tread depth so that you can ensure you have all the traction you need. If you need new tires, be sure to check out our tire specials!

How To Check Tire Tread Depth – Common Ways

Many drivers find themselves wondering, “How do I check my tire tread wear?” Luckily, there are multiple different ways to ensure your tires have the most amount of traction for your Oswego drives. Let’s take a look at how to check your tire tread depth:

Penny Test

One of the most common ways to check your tire tread is using a simple U.S. penny! With the Lincoln head facing you, put the penny with the head facing down into the tire tread groove. If you’re able to see all of the Lincoln head, your tire tread is likely around 2/32 of an inch or less and will need to be replaced.

Tread Gauge

A tire tread gauge is likely the most accurate way to check your vehicle’s tire tread. Most tread gauges can be found at your local auto parts store. You simply insert the probe of the tire tread gauge into the tire tread and it’ll let you know what your tire tread readings are at.

Tread Wear Bars

Some tires allow you to check your tire tread without needing a specific tool at all. Depending on your specific tire, it may have tread wear indicators built into the tire tread. You can often find them in multiple locations across the tire in the tread grooves. Oftentimes if the tread wear bars are flush with the rest of the tire groovers, they’re at 2/32 of an inch or less.

Find New Tires With Valley Honda!

If your tires are at 2/32 of an inch and it’s time for you to get a new set, stop by at our Aurora service center for assistance. We can help you find the right tire at the right price at Valley Honda. Let us know today if you have any questions!

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