It's imperative that you make sure your tires are in safe driving condition. Here's one of several ways you can be sure. To determine if it's time to replace your tires, you can use the Penny Test. It's a simple and effective method. And all you'll need is a penny and a few minutes of spare time. Let's walk through the steps below.
Place a penny between the tread ribs on your tire. A "rib" refers to the raised portion of tread that spans the circumference of your tire. Tire tread is composed of several ribs.
Turn the penny so that Lincoln's head points down into the tread.
See if the top of his head disappears between the ribs. If it does, your tread is still above 2/32 of an inch. If you can see his entire head, it may be time to replace the tire because your tread is no longer deep enough.