How thick are car tires?

Kind of a weird question, but I'm doing an art project and I'm thinking about using old car tires. How thick are they, specifically the treads? I want to make sure they'll work before I haul them all the way to my house.

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What a cool way to recycle tires! Tire thickness will depend on how old the tires are and the brand you get.
Generally, new car tires will have a 10/32-inch or 11/32-inch tread depth. Some trucks and SUVs may have deeper treads, and winter tires are typically thicker than average, too.
However, the U.S. Department of Transportation recommends that people replace their tires when the treads reach 2/32 inch, so any used tires you find will likely be thinner.
Car tires thin out over time, but your car insurance coverage shouldn’t. The Jerry app can help you to compare prices and coverages from different insurance companies to make sure that you’re still paying what you should for your car insurance.
Liz Jenson
Answered on Oct 27, 2021
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