Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

The Penny Test

In order for your tires to maintain traction with the road, especially during wet conditions, it is crucial that your tires have enough tread. The tread is the rubber grooves that surround the circumference of the tire, and it wears down with time. Typically a tread depth of 4/32″ or deeper is good to go. 3/32″ means you should replace your tires soon, and anything less than 2/32″ is considered a ‘bald’ tire and should be replaced.

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Because you probably can’t eyeball those measurements or use a ruler, this nifty little trick comes in handy: the penny test.

  1. Grab a penny and insert it into the tread so that Lincoln’s head points down.
  2. Evaluate how much of his head is showing.
  3. If you can see his entire head, you should run over to Plains Tire and get the tires replaced.

You may find that some areas of your tire fail the penny test, while others are deeper and pass the test. If any part of the tire is less than 2/32″, you should replace the tire. Don’t put off doing this task, as it could save you from being in an accident. Plains Tire makes replacing tires easy. Come visit us at any of our nine locations throughout Wyoming!

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16 Things To Do Before Leaving On Vacation

Many of you will be going on road trips with your families this summer. These are special times where you can make memories that last forever and have some fun. They are also times where things can go wrong if you aren’t prepared. Have you ever gotten off the plane and then realized you forgot to pack socks? Yeah, that’s a hassle. Here are 16 things to do before leaving on vacation:

  1. Place stop order on mail/newspaper.
  2. Find a house/pet sitter.
  3. Pay bills.
  4. Turn off lights or set light timers.
  5. Unplug electronics.
  6. Close and lock windows.
  7. Turn off water and gas.
  8. Take out trash.
  9. Throw out any food that will expire.
  10. Take out cash at ATM.
  11. Refill prescriptions.
  12. Confirm hotel reservations.
  13. Confirm flight/train/bus reservations.
  14. Make sure each person has packed clothing, underwear, socks, shoes, and toothbrush.
  15. Have snacks and games for the road.
  16. Take your car in to Plains Tire for a FREE Pre-Trip Inspection that includes an inspection of tires, alignment, steering, suspension, brakes, fluids, and brakes.

Now that you’ve gone through this list and double-checked everything, you are ready to go have some fun! Remember to be safe, and that Plains Tire is here for all of your auto needs with our nine locations throughout Wyoming!