A Quarter Outshines a Penny When It Comes to Tires

Worn Out Tires Are a Hazard

For years, car care experts have held the “penny test” to be the gold standard when it comes to easily telling if you need new tires. The idea was to take a Lincoln head penny (the brighter, the better) and hold it upside down in your tire’s grooves. If any part of Abe’s head was hidden, your tires were likely okay. But if you could see all of his head, then your tires probably needed replacing because they had less than 2/32 of an inch tread left – the point at which most states consider tires legally worn out.

But Will C. Sparks, owner of Terry’s Car Care, says that’s an outdated test, especially for vehicles that encounter the rain, snow and mud found in Wisconsin. Will points to a test by Consumer Reports that showed tires with only 2/32 of an inch tread took about two times as long to stop as those tires with about 5/32 of an inch tread. And the results were worse in snow, rain or mud.

So, how do you know if your tires need replacing? Well, you could bring your car or truck down to Terry’s and we’ll be glad to check out your tires. Or, if you want to do it yourself, substitute a quarter for the penny. If all of George Washington’s head is showing, then it’s time to get your tires replaced. And, remember, at Terry’s, we have all brands and sizes of tires to fit any vehicle. And we’re experts at getting them balanced and aligned.

At Terry’s Car Care, We Can Help You with That!



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