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June 05, 2015

AskPatty Tips for Tire Safety 3: Check your tire tread!

Tire traction is the key to good accelerating, turning, and stopping under any conditions, but especially on wet surfaces. Tires should be replaced when they are worn down to 2/32-inch of tread.

A simple way to test this is to use a penny: Just place the penny in the shallowest tread groove with Lincoln's head pointing down. Check in a few different places. If you're able to see the top of his head, it's time to visit your nearest NEXEN Dealer for new tires. If you want to be extra cautious and replace your tires at 4/32-inch of remaining tread depth, use a quarter instead of a penny and follow the same principle. If the top of Washington’s head is showing you have reached 4/32’s of an inch.


Get more tire safety tips from AskPatty and NEXEN Tire America here.

For more information or service regarding NEXEN Tire America, visit and use the Dealer Finder to locate your nearest Authorized Nexen Dealer. You can also call the toll-free technical support number: 1-800-57-NEXEN (63936) / 1-866-70-NEXEN (63936). Follow NEXEN Tire on Facebook  and Twitter for details on tire and car care tips, exciting contests, and more.

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