How to Check Tire Tread
5 Ways to Become an Expert Tire Tread Checker!
In a recent road trip you took, did you feel like something wasn’t quite right with your car? If it was getting a little wobbly or vibrating more than usual, your tires likely had something to do with it.
One of the most important yet often overlooked parts of regular car maintenance is checking tire treads. Failing to do so can lead to several consequences — from getting stranded on the side of the road due to a tire blowout to getting in an accident due to poor traction. That’s why it’s crucial to ensure your tire treads are healthy and up to standard. After all, they’re the only parts that connect your car to the road!
Even if you don’t have experience with cars or automotive maintenance, there’s no need to be intimidated by this task. Breast Cancer Car Donations shares five simple yet effective methods to get the job done in no time. Follow any of these steps and you’ll be on your way to becoming a tire tread checker expert!
1. The Penny Test
Take a penny and insert it head-first into the tread of your tire. If you can see all of Abe Lincoln’s head, then that tire is balding and needs to be replaced soon. On the other hand, if you can only see a part of his head, then you have nothing to worry about.
2. The 6/32nds Test
Buy a depth gauge from an auto parts store to accurately measure the depth of your tire’s tread. The ideal tread depth is 6/32nds of an inch. A tire with a tread lower than that should be replaced.
3. Multimeter Test
A multimeter measures the electrical resistance in a tire’s rubber compound, which will allow you to check the tread depth without actually having to physically measure it. A tire with low resistance is a telltale sign that it’s time to replace it with a new one.
4. Tread Wear Indicators
Tread wear indicators are small pieces of rubber placed into the grooves of your tire at regular intervals, which can be found in many tires. Once you notice that the tread surfaces of your tires are even with these indicators, your next move is to replace those tires.
5. Visual Inspection
Last but not least, perform a visual inspection. You don’t exactly need a multimeter or a penny if you’re comfortable with checking your tire tread by simply using your own eyes. You’ll know your tires need replacing if you see the grooves are shallow and their tread surfaces have gotten smooth.
Following these recommendations will no doubt help you keep your tires in good condition so that they last longer and perform better on the road. Be sure to check your tires regularly — it could be a life-saving measure!
Is Your Clapped-Out Car Becoming a Major Burden? Here’s a Surefire Solution!
Having worn tires is easy to fix — you’ll only need to get them replaced with new ones. However, if your car is facing issues that are giving you headaches and burning a massive hole in your pocket, you might as well let go of it.
You can still make good use of that vehicle one last time though. By donating it to us at Breast Cancer Car Donations, you’ll turn it into a powerful tool for saving the lives of needy breast cancer patients in your local area.
We’ll sell your car through an auction and use the proceeds to support the life-saving programs of our breast cancer-focused nonprofit partners, enabling them to deliver a range of vital breast health services to their beneficiaries.
These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are dedicated to helping uninsured and destitute breast cancer patients, providing them with easy access to top cancer centers, as well as financial assistance to help cover the costs of their treatments, doctor consultations, hospital fees, medications, and other essential health care services.
To repay you for your generous deed, we’ll mail you the 100% tax-deductible sales receipt of your car within 30 days after its sale. This receipt will entitle you to claim the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season.
We also offer our donors free professional towing services anywhere in the United States. Just let us know when and where you want your vehicle picked up, and we’ll send a licensed towing crew to get the job done. Plus, you can count on our dedicated team to handle all the paperwork on your behalf.
We accept nearly all types of vehicles, including those that are in bad shape. Feel free to visit this page to learn what else you can donate aside from cars.
Give Your Beater a Meaningful Purpose Today!
After years of making your life more convenient, your car is finally ready to say goodbye so it can have a new purpose — that of saving the lives of breast cancer-affected women in your community. Call Breast Cancer Car Donations at 866-540-5069 or click here to make your donation now!