How Do I Check Tire Tread Depth?

Using a Lincoln head penny to measure tire tread depth for safety Lincolns head is completely exposed indicating that this tire is no longer safe and needs replace

Are you searching, “how do I check tire tread wear” on the internet? Don’t worry! The Toyota experts at the Peterson Toyota of Sarasota service center are here to answer all of your questions! To check your tire tread at home every couple of months for safe driving, all that’s needed is a ruler or a penny. Learn more with this handy guide on how to check tire tread depth from the team at Peterson Toyota of Sarasota.

What is the Recommended Tire Tread Depth? 

When shopping around for tires, Sarasota car owners should know that new tires will have a tread depth of about 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch (about a third of an inch). Winter tires and tires designed for off-roading, as well as some Toyota truck and SUV tires, may have even deeper tread grooves.

At 2/32 of an inch, it’s time to have your tires replaced, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Proper tire tread depth is crucial to safe driving in the Bradenton and Venice areas, and proper tire care also extends the life of your tires. Tire tread should be inspected every few months to ensure they’re safe to drive on. When it’s time to replace your tires, schedule a service appointment online.

The Penny Test

The most accurate way drivers can check tire tread depth is by using a ruler. However, if you can’t find one, a penny is also an excellent tool to check for tire wear. Follow the steps below on checking the tread depth:

  1. Insert a penny with Lincoln’s head – face first – into a tire tread groove.
  2. Observe if Lincoln’s head is covered and no longer visible between the grooves.
  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.

Check Tire Health

There are additional tools available to purchase like the tire tread depth gauge or tread wear bars that have a mark built into the tire showing the 2/32 inch mark. While checking the tire tread depth, be sure to inspect the:

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

Have Your Tires Inspected at Peterson Toyota of Sarasota

Need new tires in Sarasota, FL? Visit Peterson Toyota of Sarasota near Venice today! The Toyota-certified technicians will inspect your tires for any problems or wear, and help you pick new tires if replacements are needed. For additional information or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our tire center. Don’t forget! We offer a rotating selection of parts and service specials for added savings! Contact us today!

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7435 S Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL


Phone: (941) 924-7700

7435 S Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL


Phone: (941) 924-7700

7435 S Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL
27.247252 -82.510502
Peterson Toyota of Sarasota 27.247252, -82.510502.