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The New Tire Tread Test

Last updated 3 years ago

For years the de facto standard for determining how much life remained on your tires was “the penny test.” Depending on how much of Lincoln’s head was visible when the coin was placed in the tire’s tread, you knew if it was time for a new set of tires. But if you want to be certain that your tires are safe for wet-weather driving, you’ll need to dig around your spare change jar for a quarter instead of a penny, at least according to nationwide retailer The Tire Rack. When you place a quarter in a tire’s grooves and can still see Washington’s scalp, it means the tire has a tread depth of at least 4/32 of an inch, compared to 2/32 of an inch with the penny test.

This small amount of extra rubber makes a big different in stopping distances, especially in emergency driving situations. If you need to replace your tires, come to Dekalb Tire. We provide the Atlanta area with the best tire repair and replacement services. Visit one of our tire dealers in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, or Buckhead to learn more. If you have questions, call us at (404) 252-9895.


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