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Check That Tread Before Winter

Keegan Wetzel | Monday, October 20, 2014

Don’t let a set of worn tires endanger your family. Make sure to check the tread depth and look for other abnormalities or wear and tear so you can replace your tires before they have a chance of becoming a problem in the cold months ahead.

There is a very simple way to check safe tread depth and all you need is a penny. Turn it so Lincoln is upside-down and insert it between treads. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tires do not have enough tread left and could pose a safety hazard. Conduct this test in multiple spots on all of your tires.

Besides tread depth, check for uneven wear, not only from one tire to another but on different areas of each individual tire. Look for “cupping,” a series of flat spots near the edges of the tire, along with any other abnormalities, such as bulges, that may indicate a problem with the tire’s structure.

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