One thing you may never think to do is check your tyre tread to see if you need new tyres. For some folks, this is only done by their mechanic, but you can actually check your car’s tyre tread on your own and it’s pretty easy!
Consider this a crash course on the simplest ways to check your tyre’s tread:
Checking the tyre tread using a coin
One of the easiest ways to check your tyre treads is by using a coin. First, you insert the coin in between the tyre tread groove. If the coin sinks in, at least halfway through, then your tyre treads are in great condition. However, if you can see most of the coin then your tyre treads are 2/32 inches deep or less. This is a clear indicator that your tyres need to be replaced asap.
Checking the tyre tread using a tyre tread gauge
While the coin method works, it’s not entirely accurate and the automotive experts recommend using a car tyre tread gauge instead.
The gauges are not very affordable but they ensure accurate readings to help you decide when to buy new tyres.
Whenever you check the tire tread, you should also:
- Check the tyre pressure.
- Inspect for any visible damage to the tread or sidewalls.
- Check for any tyre rot or disintegration.
- Check to see if the wear is uneven
Also, it’s possible to prevent your tyre treads from wearing out too quickly. You should:
- Make sure that your tyres are properly inflated to help keep the wearing out even through all four tyres
- Rotate your tyres every 6,000 miles
- Check that your car’s alignment is correct. If your car is pulling to one side, then your tyres are going to wear faster on the side to which the car the pulling.
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