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When you get a new set of regular tires, the tread depth should be just about a third of an inch, 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch. Specialized tires, like those made for off-roading and winter conditions may have deeper tire tread grooves. When your treads come to 2/32 of an inch, that’s when the U.S. Department of Transportation recommends you get a new set. When you’re driving in Capitola, taking proper care of your tires is not only safer for you and other drivers, but can lengthen the lifespan of your tires.
The best way to accurately check your tires is to use a ruler to determine the depth of the treads. However, if you don’t have a ruler with you at the time when you really feel the need to check your tires, a simple penny could also do the trick. Here’s a step-by-step walkthrough for how you can use a penny to check your tires:
Outside of a penny and ruler, there are additional tools you can get that are specifically made to check your tires, including a tire tread depth gauge and tread wear bars. These make it even easier to tell if your tire treads are as deep as they should be. On top of checking the tire tread depth, here are some other aspects of tires you can check:
Taking your vehicle into a service center, including ours, for regular maintenance should always include a check-up on your tires, and potentially a tire rotation. If you think it’s time you get new tires, or need advice on oil changes, contact us and schedule a service appointment today!