Tire safety is only a penny away!

July 29th, 2014

If you like to pinch pennies, with the penny tire test, it takes just one penny to check the tread depth on your tires and decide if they need to be replaced.

Tires TN & VAWith the front side of a Lincoln penny facing you, put the penny upside down in your tread. If you can't see Lincoln's hair (i.e., the tread is covering it), your tread is deep enough. (That means you have more than 2/32" of tread depth, which is the minimum for safe driving.)

If you can see part of Lincoln's hair, start thinking about new tires. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head or above, Honest Abe is telling you, "Replace those tires, now!"

Tire tread should be checked because if it’s worn down, then the tread can't do its job, which is to maintain grip on the road and decrease tire friction, while also giving rain, mud and snow a means of escaping from under your tires.

If your treads are thin, hazardous conditions like rain, mud or snow become more dangerous, because the tires literally will be riding on the liquid material instead of running through it. This causes your vehicle to lose traction with the road, making it harder to control.

So always check that your tires have sufficient tread. When you perform the penny test, also inspect your tires for other problems: uneven wear, cuts, cracks, etc. Tires should be checked about once a month, so every 30 days, be a penny-pincher – the kind that pinches a penny between thumb and forefinger and inserts it in your tire treads.

And you can always make an appointment to have your tires checked at Free Service Tire.

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