# Need clarity on the penny test

## What is the coin trick for tire tread?

Tire tread is composed of several ribs. Turn the penny so that Lincoln’s head points down into the tread. See if the top of his head disappears between the ribs. If it does, your tread is still above 2/32” , If you can see his entire head, it may be time to replace the tire because your tread is no longer deep enough.

## When should you change the tire on a penny trick?

The Penny Test

1. Insert a penny with Lincoln’s head upside down into a tire tread groove.
2. If Lincoln’s head is covered and no longer visible between the grooves, your tread depth is good.
3. If you can see all of Lincoln’s face, it means that the tire tread is 2/32 inches deep or less and it’s time to replace them.

## When checking the tread depth of a tire where should you insert the penny on the tire?

The Penny Tire Test

One easy way is the penny test. Simply insert a penny into your tire’s tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it’s time to replace your tires.

## How do I know when my tires need replacing?

Place a penny head first into several tread grooves across the tire. If you always see the top of Lincoln’s head, your treads are shallow and worn. If this is the case, your tires need to be replaced. If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by the tread, you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth remaining.

## How do you check tread depth with a quarter?

The Quarter Test

1. Insert a quarter into the tire tread upside down, with Washington’s head going in first.
2. If the top of George’s head is covered by the tread, your tires are OK – do this test at multiple points around each tire.
3. If the top of his head is visible at any point around the tire, you need new tires.

## How do you check tire pressure with a penny?

Once you put the penny into the tread. Look to see if you can see the top of Lincoln's. Head keep in mind that you should check the tread.

## Is a tire tread depth of 8 32 GOOD?

As mentioned above, tires are legally “worn out” In most States when they reach 2/32″ of remaining tread depth. For example, a typical tire that starts with 10/32″ of original tread depth has only 8/32″ of useable tread depth.

## What does 3/32 tire tread mean?

The minimum legal limit is 2/32 of an inch. This doesn’t mean that tires are perfectly safe if they have 3/32 left of tread. This is simply the limit at which you won’t pass your state safety inspection. Your tires become incrementally less safe as the tread wears down.

## How long are tires good for?

On average, people drive between 12,000 to 15,000 miles a year, which means the average good quality all-season tire will last somewhere between three and five years, depending on maintenance, driving style and conditions, etc.

## Why do new car tires wear out so fast?

Answer provided by. New tires or factory tires wear out quickly because car manufacturers use soft rubber for their tires. This soft rubber wears out much faster than aftermarket tires.

## How often should your tires be rotated?

every 5,000 to 7,500 miles

Namely, it’s a best practice to rotate tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles or so. This is a rule of thumb, however, and you’ll want to double-check with your vehicle’s owner’s manual for more specific information.

## How can you tell if a tire is good?

Insert the penny upside down (with Lincoln’s head pointing into the tire) in between the tire tread. How’s Lincoln’s hair? Can you see the top of Lincoln’s head? This means your tire tread has worn down to an unsafe level and it’s likely time to buy new tires.

## What is the best tire tread pattern?

Directional/asymmetrical tire tread is the best of both worlds – it features the V-shaped pattern of the directional tread for discharging water away from the tire and the dry weather traction of the asymmetrical tread. You should follow the same rules as directional tires when it comes to rotation patterns.

## What is a good tire tread depth?

New tires have an average tread depth of 8 to 9 millimeters (10/32 to 11/32 inches). As you drive, the tread will wear down. A tire with a tread depth below 1.6 millimeters (2/32 inches) lacks grip. Braking distance and vehicle control are impaired.

## How many miles will 3mm tread last?

10,000-20,000 miles

With all the possible variables taken into account, the minimum average period 3mm of tyre tread depth will last before it reaches the legal limit of 1.6mm is between would be 10,000-20,000 miles but it could be considerably more than that.