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How To Check Your Tire Tread with a Penny

Written by Clair M.

Tire treads are like shoes for your tires. The less grip you have the easier it is for you to slip and fall with weather conditions like rain or snow. It might feel like a hassle to get up off your comfy couch, head over to your nearest Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center just to have someone check the tread on your tires.

A Penny for Your Thoughts

Well not to worry, you can check your tread right at home! Do you have a penny? That’s all you need!

Place the penny upside down on the tire (head towards the tire). If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tires are shallow and worn. Meaning: your tires need to be replaced. If part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread (more than 2/32 of an inch) your tires are still fine.

We also recommend doing this on several locations on the tire because driving habits may display inconsistent wear patterns that lead to premature wear. Remember to inspect your four primary tires and spare tires once a month.

Why Tire Tread Matters?

Safety. That’s the number one priority.

Tire needs enough tread depth to allow rain to escape through the tire’s grooves. These grooves are designed to direct water away from the tire so it can remain in contact with the road. The deeper the groove the more water can move. The shallower the groove the more dramatic effect on the vehicle’s ability to stop on wet roads meaning hydroplaning, floating on the water, and losing traction. This hinders the communication from the steering wheel or the brakes. SCARY!

Your Tire & Auto Center Location

Located on 211 S. McColl Rd, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center in Edinburg is your go to for the best deals, service, and general vehicle maintenance. If you’re looking for current specials on tires or interested in our LIFETIME BRAKE PAD GUARANTEE*, click here.

Ford Maintenance and Repairs at Hacienda Ford!

Is your Ford vehicle in need of maintenance or repairs here in the greater Edinburg, McAllen, Mission, San Juan, or Donna, TX area? Here at Hacienda Ford, we specialize in the fast and effective servicing and repair of all things Ford. Regardless of which Ford vehicle you drive or how old it is, we have a team of trained Ford technicians that can diagnose and resolve any issues affecting your Ford vehicle, from routine maintenance to the most hands-on repairs. We carry all of genuine Ford OEM replacement parts that are designed to be used on your specific Ford model, allowing you to have confidence in your vehicle to perform the way it was engineered to for many more long miles ahead.

We want to help all of our customers enjoy their vehicles to the fullest potential, and the best way to ensure your vehicle keeps performing at a high level mile after mile is through routine maintenance. From oil changes, tire rotations, filter changes, alignments, wiper replacements, and so much more, we can give your vehicle the attention it needs to continue to perform like-new for many long miles to come. If something happens to your vehicle and it isn’t performing like it once did, we encourage you to bring it into our service center as soon as you can. Catching a problem at its earliest stages can save your car from other problems arising and allows you to avoid costly repairs.

The next time your vehicle is in need of maintenance or repairs, we encourage you to schedule an appointment online and come see us at your most convenient time! We also welcome you to take advantage of our always changing selection of service specials, designed to help everyone save money on the servicing and maintenance that their vehicles require!