Tire Tread Depth
FIRESTONE HAS BEEN THE NATION'S LEADING TIRE PROVIDER FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY.
TIRE TREAD DEPTH MEASUREMENT
Tire tread refers to the grooved portion of a tire where the rubber literally meets the road. Good tire tread provides traction, allowing your car to grip the road in wet, icy and gravel conditions. Without adequate tire tread, you risk hydroplaning or losing vehicle control from the loss of traction. Make sure your vehicle is safe with the proper tire tread depth and correct tire pressure. Regular tire rotation intervals also keep the tire tread depth and wear patterns in good shape, and you will get more miles out of all four tires.
HOW MUCH TIRE TREAD DEPTH DO I NEED?
It’s necessary to have a tire tread depth of more than 2/32”. In most states, it is legally required to have a tread depth of more than 2/32”. Firestone Complete Auto Care stores offer free tire inspections that include tire tread depth measurement.
TREAD DEPTH: THE PENNY TEST
If you want to gauge your tire tread depth at home, try the penny tire test. The way to do it yourself is to use a penny to measure the tire tread. Stick a penny in the tire tread grooves. If the tire tread is at least touching Abraham Lincoln’s upside down head, the tire tread depth is at least 2/32”.
If you find your tire tread is approaching 2/32”, our Firestone Tire and Auto Service Professionals will inspect your tires for free. Visit our tire experts at your nearby Firestone Complete Auto Care store.