How to Check Tire Tread Depth

close up of tire tread

It’s important for Princeton drivers to know how to check tire tread depth, so they can keep tabs on the condition of their tires and know when to replace them. This will help you to protect yourself against the risk of future blowouts, and more generally, help you to ensure that you’re driving with good traction. If you’re wondering, “How do I check tire tread wear?”, take a moment to read our handy guide. Then, explore our service specials and get in touch with the Mercedes-Benz of Princeton service department if you need help with tire care or replacement in Lawrenceville.



What is the Recommended Tire Tread Depth?

The recommended tire tread depth is commonly between 10/32th and 11/32th of an inch. You should replace your tires before they reach 2/32ths of an inch. Failing to do so puts you at risk for a blowout, compromises your traction, and reduces performance and fuel economy. It can also damage your rims. Bear in mind that winter and off-road tires have deeper grooves. Now, let’s explore how to check tire tread depth.

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear and Depth?

The easiest and funnest way for Hamilton drivers to check tire tread depth is to get a U.S. penny and insert it into the tire tread groove. Make sure Lincoln’s head is pointed towards the tire. If you can see his entire head, it’s time to replace your tires. If his head is partially covered, your tires still have some meat on them. Other ways to check tire tread depth include:

  • Tread Wear Bars: The majority of tires feature indicator bars at the bottom of their tire grooves. If you wear your tire treads out, the indicator bars will become visible, meaning it’s time to replace your tires.
  • Tread Depth Gauge: Simply insert the gauge into the shallowest tire tread groove and then, press the top bar of the gauge flat to get a depth rating.

Have More Questions About How to Check Tire Tread?

If you’re still wondering, “How do I check tire tread wear?”, or you think you need help with tire maintenance or tire replacement near Mercer County, give Mercedes-Benz of Princeton a call at (609) 372-5433. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know and help you make sure you have tractable tires in good condition on your vehicle. In the meantime, take a moment to explore our service and parts tips for other helpful reads, including our guide on what to do when you get a flat tire.


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