How to Check Tire Tread Depth

Checking tire tread with a penny


We all know Abraham Lincoln was a great president, but did you know that he still plays an integral role for Kansas City drivers? It’s true! But we’ll get to that shortly. First, we need to talk about your tires.

The service center at Cable Dahmer Kia of Lee's Summit gets a lot of customers who ask, “How do I check tire tread wear?” and “How do I check tire tread depth?” This is simple tire maintenance that you can perform quickly in your driveway at home in Cable Dahmer Kia of Lee's Summit. Take a look at our answers to all your tire wear questions.

What is the Recommended Tire Tread Depth?

New standard tires have a tread depth of about 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch, which is about one-third of an inch. Tires for winter tires or larger tires designed for off-roading or big SUVs often have a different tread depth. Once you hit 2/32 of an inch, it’s time for new tires, according to the U.S Department of Transportation. Why is this important? Tires that have worn down their treads have less traction and are more prone to flats and blowouts.

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear?

This is where Honest Abe comes in. You need a penny or a ruler to check tire tread wear in Raytown. A ruler is how to check tire tread depth, but it’s not the only way. Here’s how you can do it with a penny:

  1. Insert a penny with Lincoln’s head face-first into a tire tread groove.
  2. If Lincoln’s head is covered and no longer visible between the grooves, your tire treads are in good shape.
  3. If you can see all of Lincoln’s face, that means your tire treads are 2/32 inches deep or less and it’s time to replace them.
  4. Repeat this process on all four tires and in multiple locations on each tire.

How to Check Tire Tread Depth and More Tire Health Tips

You can purchase a tire tread depth gauge, or tread wear bars that have a mark to indicate the 2/32-inch mark. When you check your tire tread depth, you should also check:

  • Tire pressure
  • Any visible tire damage
  • Tire rot or disintegration
  • Wheel alignment

Maintain Your Tires at Cable Dahmer Kia of Lee's Summit

At Cable Dahmer Kia of Lee's Summit tire tread checks are one of the complementary services available at our service center when you’re asking, “How do I check tire tread wear?”. When it’s time to replace your tires come to Cable Dahmer Kia of Lee's Summit and visit our service center. We’re ready to help you make sure you have safe tires and a great price. You can also check out our service tips and tricks portal for more information on how to keep your Kia in great shape from home.

When you take your vehicle to your local service center for regular maintenance, the technicians will inspect your tires for any issues or wear. When it’s time to replace your tires, or even rotate your tires, visit our tire center, and be sure to check our parts and service specials to get a great deal!

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