Tire Penny Test

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.

The penny test is an easy and accurate way to measure tire tread depth. Take a penny and place it between the tire tread blocks with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If Lincoln's head is buried, your tires still have more than 2/32" of tread.

Warnings. In most states, legal tire tread depth is 2/32 of an inch, which is the exact distance from the tip of Abe’s head to the edge of the penny. Keep in mind that even if your tires pass the Lincoln penny test, you may want to consider buying new tires before the 2/32” rule kicks in. Tires with low treads make hydroplaning on rain-soaked...

When it's raining…a quarter will get you home, a penny might not. The "penny test" tread depth check doesn't hold water. Yes, U.S. coins can be substituted as a tire tread depth gauge to measure the critical, final few 32nds of an inch of remaining tread depth. Place a penny into several tread grooves across the tire.

Use the penny test to see if your tires are worn down and need to be replaced. Take a penny, and place it upside down into several tread grooves on a tire.

The Penny Test. There are several popular ways to check your tire tread depth. 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.

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