The Penny Test: How to Tell When You Need to Replace Your Tires
Tires wear down over time and eventually need to be replaced. It’s important to know when your tires need replacing to ensure your safety and maintain legal compliance. The Penny Test is a simple and easy way to tell when your tires need to be replaced.
How to Perform the Penny Test
To perform the Penny Test, simply place a penny upside down in between the tire tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your treads are worn and it’s time to replace your tires. It’s important to note that, to meet legal safety standards in the U.S., a tire’s tread needs to be at least 2/32” deep.
Selecting the Right Tires
When replacing tires, it’s important to select the right tire size for your vehicle. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual should indicate the proper size and type of tires for your vehicle. If you’re not sure which tires to buy, you can consult your local tire shop or auto mechanic for advice.