How Do I Know When I Need New Tires? – Virginia Tire & Auto

How Do I Know When I Need New Tires? – Virginia Tire & Auto


CHRISTIAN: Hello, my name’s Christian, a manager
here at Virginia Tire and Auto. You may be asking yourself, “How do I know
when I need new tires?” Simple enough to determine, we recommend replacing
your tires when the tread grooves get 4/32nds of an inch or lower. At this point, tires performance starts to
drop. When the grooves are at 2/32nds of an inch
or lower, the tire’s no longer safe, particularly in wet conditions and should be replaced as
soon as possible. Now at our shops we use a tread depth gauge
to determine specifically how deep the grooves are, and determine when it needs to be replaced. Luckily, there’s a simple way to do this at
home. First the quarter test. Take any quarter, place it with Washington’s
head down. If you can see the top of his head the tire’s
tread is at or below 4/32nds of an inch. The penny test, take any penny with Lincoln
on it. Stick his head down into the groove. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head,
the tire is at 2/32nds or less and should be replaced as soon as possible. If it looks like you need a new tire or want
one of our experts to take a look for you, come by any Virginia Tire and Auto at any
of our convenient locations and we gladly take a look at your tire and determine what
the next step is. We’ll always take care of you and your vehicle.

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