How to Check Tire Tread Depth

Tire Penny Test
Here at Jaguar Richfield, we are committed to helping drivers in and around Minneapolis make it to their destination safely in their new Jaguar. Knowing how to check tire tread depth will help you better understand the condition of your tires so you can know when they need replacing, rotating, or other tire services. Read on with our team at Jaguar Richfield below to learn how to check tire tread depth with ease.


How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear?

There are several ways to go about checking your tire tread depth. Below are a few of the most accessible methods that can be performed with common household objects or tools.

The Penny Test

How do you check tire tread wear if you don’t have any specialized tools? If you have tires with deeper treads for off-roading, winter driving, or commercial use, the penny method isn’t for you. However, if you have standard tires on your Jaguar like most St. Paul owners, you can use a penny to check your tire tread depth.

Here’s how to conduct the penny test:

  1. Insert a penny upside down (Lincoln’s head face first) into a tire tread groove.
  2. Is Lincoln’s head all or partially covered by the tread? If so, you’re in good shape.
  3. If you can see all of Lincoln’s face, that means your tire treads are worn enough to warrant new tires.
  4. Repeat this process on all four tires and in multiple locations on each tire.

Tire Tread Depth Gauge

You can always purchase a professional tire tread depth gauge from a Twin Cities area hardware or car parts store to make the job a bit more precise. Either digital or analog, these gauges take accurate measurements and help you care for any kind of tire – not just standard all-terrain tires. Contact us if you have questions about the proper tread depth for your tires.


According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, a tread depth of 2/32 of an inch or shallower means your tires are dangerously bald. New tire treads should have treads that are roughly 11/32 inches deep, although specialized tires for winter driving or off-roading may have deeper treads for more grip in tough conditions. If you have a ruler, you can measure this way.

Visible Wear

Of course, if you ever observe visible wear and tear on your tires, bringing them in for tire service at Jaguar Richfield is the responsible thing to do. Regaluar tire maintenance will prolong their lifespan and keep you safer on the road!

Schedule Tire Service at Jaguar Richfield

Now that you know the answer to “how do I check tire tread wear,” you can check your tire tread depth for yourself at home! If your tires are ready to be replaced or rotated, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 952-209-3000 and we’ll get you in for a maintenance appointment at our Jaguar service department. We can also provide DIY service tips like how to clean the leather interior of your Jaguar.

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