How To Tell If Your Tires Are Worn Out

How To Tell If Your Tires Are Worn Out - Asheville, NC
How To Tell If Your Tires Are Worn Out – Asheville, NC

The quality of your tires can be the difference between smooth sailing and potentially dangerous bad traction for your vehicle. The easiest way to check whether your tires are worn out is — surprisingly — by using a penny as your measurement tool.

Simply stick a penny into the groove of your tires with President Lincoln’s head pointing down. Your tires are fine if Lincoln’s head is covered. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then your tires have worn past 2/32 of an inch, and you should get a replacement set as soon as possible.

The tread in a tire is how your vehicle keeps traction on the road. Big grooves allow water and debris to move past the wheel and keep a firm grip on the road. Bald tires reduce the amount of debris and water that can move through, so they lose grip in adverse road conditions. The state of North Carolina even requires that your tires have at least 2/32 inch tread to increase overall road safety.

There can be other signs of wear. More worn tread in the center can mean over-inflation of the tires, uneven wear can be a result of misalignment, and if there is wear on the edges, your tires may be underinflated.

Check your tires today to stay safe. If you need new tires or want an expert opinion, the certified service professionals at Asheville Chevrolet can help you out.

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