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How to Check Tire Tread Depth

checking the depth of car tire tread

Here at Jaguar Englewood, we are committed to sharing our best car-care tips to help you get more enjoyment out of ownership. Knowing how to check tire tread depth is a useful skill that will help you gauge the overall health and condition of your tires, so you can know when they need replacing, rotating, or other tire services. Read on below to learn how to check tire tread depth right in your own Jersey City driveway.

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear?

There are a few ways to go about checking your tire tread depth. Depending on what resources you have around the house, you can use any of these methods!

The Penny Test

How do you check tire tread wear if you don’t have tools? If you have tires with deeper treads for off-roading, winter driving, or commercial use, the penny method will not work. However, if you have standard tires like most Fort Lee drivers do, you can use a penny.

Here’s how to conduct the penny test:

  1. Insert a penny upside down (Lincoln’s head face first) into a tire tread groove.
  2. Is Lincoln’s head all or partially covered by the tread? If so, you’re in good shape.
  3. If you can see all of Lincoln’s face, that means your tire treads are worn enough to warrant new tires.
  4. Repeat this process on all four tires and in multiple locations on each tire.

Tire Tread Depth Gauge

You may also choose to purchase a professional tire tread depth gauge from a New York City area hardware or car parts store. Either digital or analog, these gauges can take a very accurate measurement and help you care for any kind of tire. Contact us if you have questions about the proper tread depth for your tires.


According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, a tread depth of 2/32 of an inch or shallower means your tires are unsafe for driving. New tire treads should be about 11/32 inches deep, although specialized tires for winter driving or off-roading may vary. If you have a ruler, you can measure this way.

Visible Wear

Of course, if you ever observe visible wear and tear on your tires, bringing them in for tire service at Jaguar Englewood is the responsible thing to do. Regular tire maintenance will prolong their lifespan and keep you safer on the road!

Schedule Tire Service at Jaguar Englewood

Now that you know the answer to “how do I check tire tread wear,” you can conduct a test. If your tires are ready for service, contact us today and we’ll get you in for an appointment. For more service tips, be sure to browse our online resources! For new tires, visit our Jaguar tire store today! For more service tips such as when to put on winter tires, be sure to browse our online resources! For new tires, visit our Jaguar tire store today

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