How to Check Tire Tread

Tire Tread

Your tires are vital components to your vehicle. Not only are they responsible for your vehicle gaining momentum, but they also ensure that you have total control on the road because of their tread. Tire tread is the road’s point of contact.

But while tire tread is important, it can easily wear down, and that will affect your stability on the road and your tires’ condition. At Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego, we’re here to help drivers throughout San Diego, Chula Vista, and El Cajon learn more about their tire tread and how it can be checked.

What Is Tire Tread?

Tread is the ridges and grooves along the exterior of your tire. It runs down the middle throughout the whole outside of your tire. These ridges and grooves make contact with the road and provide added grip, so you can remain in-control when you’re driving on slick roads or questionable terrain. Although, if your tire tread has worn considerably, it can affect your vehicle’s traction and stability, which can result in wheel slip.

How Can Tire Tread Become Worn

Checking Tire TreadSince your tires and their components are made from rubber, they can easily be worn. However, the first part to wear is usually your tread. This can occur naturally, just by having your tires for a long period of time—up to about 3 to 4 years or 65,000 to 75,000 miles.

Your tires basically grind against the road, which slowly causes the tread to wear. However, there are other factors that can contribute to premature wear. Potholes should be avoided because not only can they cause wear and damage, but they will affect one or two tires, which can result in lopsided traction. Excessive or hard braking can also cause the tread on your tires to wear early.

How Can I Check Tire Tread

Checking your tire tread is easy, and there’s a simple trick called “the penny test.” You take a normal penny and place it in your tread to get a sense of how much tread you have left. To begin, you place the penny in your tread with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can’t see the top of his head, your tread is good. However, if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it means that you have low tread on your tires.

Seeking Out Tire Repair or Replacement

If you’ve conducted the penny test and found that your tread is low, you won’t want to ignore it—you’ll want to seek repairs immediately. Of course, if your tread is worn enough, it may mean that you need a new set of tires.

At Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego, we’re here to help drivers throughout San Diego, Chula Vista, and El Cajon with their tire needs. Whether you have low tread or significant tire damage or you need a new set of tires, we’re here for you to make sure that your vehicle has what it needs to tackle the road.

Schedule your tire service with us at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego!