Myth : The Penny Test


Check out how worn this tire is, even though it’s at the top of Lincoln’s head. That’s why we need to bring George onto the team.

You know the rule – stick a penny into the tread of your tire headfirst and as long as it touches the top of Abe’s head you’re cool. While Abraham Lincoln preserved the Union, he’s not looking out for your safety (sorry about that). You see the top of Abe’s head is 2/32″ (tire tread is measured in 32nds of an inch) and 2/32″ is the legal limit just about everywhere. So what Abe is telling you is to get thee to a tire shop.

A better test is George Washington, which is perfect as we all know he’s incapable of telling a lie. The measurement to the top of George’s head is 4/32″ and a much better gauge of when you should start shopping for tires. There’s also a safety issue involved. A tire with 2/32″ is much more likely to hydroplane than a tire with 4/32″.

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If you ordered a 2015 Dodge Hellcat, get back in line!


2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT HellcatPHOTO BY DODGE


Fiat Chrysler will more than double production of hard-to-get Hellcat versions of the Dodge Challenger and Charger for the 2016 model year.
But about 900 consumers who ordered a 2015 Dodge Challenger or Charger SRT Hellcat and never received their 707-hp muscle car will have to get back in line.
Their unfilled orders are being canceled by the factory — though those customers will receive a voucher that will allow them to buy the more expensive 2016 at the 2015 price. The price increase has not yet been announced.
The Hellcat cars created marketing and Internet buzz for Dodge — very welcome for a brand rebuilding its high-performance credibility. But dealers who accepted more orders than they could fill or put huge market adjustments on the cars sowed some ill will. For example, one dealer in a northeast Ohio town of 6,000 took deposits and put in orders for more than 200 Hellcats — many more than the dealer would ever receive.
“For the 2016 model year, we’re starting fresh,” Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand head, told Automotive News. Canceling customer orders “is probably not what they want to hear, but we’re going to do it so that we have a fresh, clean slate going forward with everything that we learned in 2015.”

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