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Tire Penny Test at Bob Swope Ford

Tires are the shoes of your car. Follow me on this, with the right pair of shoes your vehicle can do the athletic tasks we ask of it. Whether it's battling snowy hills or gaining that last mile per gallon on our daily commute good tired make all the difference.

Are my tires worn out?

Tires come in many different patterns, qualities and brands but there are a couple key things to look for when deciding if it's time for a new pair. Do you have enough tread? Enter the penny test, yes still one of the most effective ways for the average American to tell if his tires need replacing.

The key to running the test properly involves whether or not you can see his head once you've inserted the penny upside down into the tread. If you can see even a portion of his head it may be time for new tires.

What happens if I don't replace worn out tires?

The tread on your tire serves two key purposes. It gives water a channel to flow around your tread, allowing you to get grip on wet roads. It also give protection from debris easily penetrating your tire. (No tire is completely nail proof). If your tire is low enough you run a greater risk of a high speed blow out of your tire. This can range from scary to deadly depending on the speed your traveling.