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How to Do The Penny Test

Driving on worn-out tires can be incredibly dangerous and can affect your vehicle's performance, handling, and fuel efficiency. Tire tread is essential in providing traction on the road, especially in wet and slippery conditions. This is a friendly reminder from your friends at The Model Garage to check your tires' tread depth if you haven't done so in a while. And if they are too low, it may be time to replace your tires. One easy and cost-effective way to check your tire tread depth is by performing the penny test.

Here's how to do the penny test:

  1. Get a penny and hold it so that Lincoln's head is facing down.
  2. Insert the penny into the groove of the tire tread. Make sure to insert it into the lowest point of the groove.
  3. Look at the penny and check how much of Lincoln's head is visible.
  4. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, it's time to replace your tires.
  5. The penny test is a quick and easy way to determine if your tire tread is still safe for driving. However, it's recommended to perform this test on multiple areas of the tire to get an accurate reading. It's also important to note that the penny test is only a rough estimate of your tire tread depth and doesn't consider other factors like tire wear patterns, weather conditions, and driving habits.

Here are some additional tips to keep your tires in good condition:

  • Check your tire pressure regularly and maintain the recommended air pressure for your vehicle.
  • Rotate your tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles to prevent uneven tire wear.
  • Balance your tires at least once a year or when you notice vibrations while driving.
  • Check your tires for cuts, bulges, or any other damage that could lead to a blowout.
  • Change your tires when the tread depth reaches 2/32 inch, or if the tires are more than six years old, even if the tread depth still exceeds 2/32 inch.

By following these tips and performing the penny test regularly, you can ensure your vehicle is safe on the road. If you're unsure about the condition of your tires, we welcome you to bring your car to The Model Garage for a tire inspection. You can give us a call or schedule your appointment online at your convenience today.

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