How to Check Your Car's Tire Tread

Your car’s tire tread is important — it’s one reason why you don’t go skidding off the road when going around a corner. Checking your tire tread is easy (the only tool you need is a toonie!).

How to Check Your Car’s Tire Tread: Step-by-step

Put the outside edge of the toonie in your tire’s tread.

  • If the tread reaches the bear’s paws, your tires are probably pretty new.
  • If it reaches all the way across the silver, they’re about 50% worn.
  • If your tire tread reaches only about half-way into the letters, it’s time to shop for new tires.

Tip: you can buy a tread depth gauge if you’re looking for a very accurate measurement.

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