Tire Safety 101



Are you willing to spend one penny to ensure your tires are safe?

That’s all it takes to “test” their wear, and see if the tires are losing tread or the tread is wearing out.

Using a penny to test the tread is a low-cost, effective way for car owners like you to gauge their safety.

Check tire safety
The tread
Here’s how to conduct the test:
  • Place a penny into one of the grooves of the treads.
  • Make sure the “head” goes in upside down.
  • It’s time to replace the tires if you can see ALL of the head. That means the tire tread depth is under 2/32 of an inch.

The alignment and pressure
Beyond the penny test, you can do even more to ensure tires are safe, such as:
  • Checking their pressure.
  • Getting the tires aligned according to manufacturer recommendations, or whenever you purchase a new tire (or tires).

Why should you care? If your tires become worn, it’ll affect your ability to handle the car and get proper traction on the road. In severe road conditions, worn tires are especially dangerous.

Improperly inflated and misaligned tires put the vehicle under stress. The tires will wear unevenly, and you’ll have to invest in new tires sooner than if you had cared for them.

You can improve handling, reduce wear and increase gas mileage by testing the tread, checking the tire pressure and taking the car in to get the tires balanced and the wheels aligned.

How often?
Experts generally recommend checking tire pressure every month. During winter, check it more frequently. While you’re checking the pressure, conduct the penny test on all four tires (and the spare tire, too). Most manufacturers recommend rotating a tire every 6,000 miles.

Get in touch with Park Acura if you have questions about tire safety. We’re happy to help our customers get the most out of their vehicles!

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