“When Should I Replace My Tires?” Well… it all depends.
You see, tires work in mysterious ways. They can wear out slow or fast, depending on a lot of different factors.
It depends on what kind of car you buy, how you drive it… and… how well you take care of them. Even though a new set of tires can cost an arm and a leg… there’s a lot you can do to extend your tires’ life.
Truth is… you can get your money’s worth. And we spoke to one of our servicemen to give you the best answer possible.
When Should I Replace My Tires?
Like I said before, it usually comes down to what kind of tires you buy and well you take care of them.
Keep in mind… new tires should last you for about 50,000 miles. But in reality, it can be anywhere from 29,000 to even 76,000 and beyond.
To measure when to replace your tires, we won’t use mileage to estimate. Instead, you will need to check your tires’ actual wear.
How? First, you should look for the tread wear bars. They’re small strips of rubber that connect the treads.
If you take a look at the picture below, you will see that we’ve circled them for you. When you get brand new tires, these will be deeply below the surface of the tread.
… but as the tread wears away, the bar will rise closer to the surface. If the bar is level with the rest of the tread, then your tire is dangerously worn out. You should replace it ASAP.
There’s an easier way to measure it though, by doing what we call a “penny test.” Just take a look at the second photo to understand what I mean.
All you need to do is take a penny and insert it upside down into one of the tires grooves. If you can still see the top of the character’s head on the penny, it’s time to get new tires!
How to Make Your Tires Last Longer
If you want your tires to last you more than 75,000 miles… then you must take good care of them.
Here’s a few tips to make sure your tires don’t wear out too quickly:
- Don’t put the pedal to the medal – Accelerating extremely fast and slamming on the brakes will hamper down your tires really fast. And when the snow hits, try to avoid drifting… even if your friends try and talk you into it.
- Keep your tires properly inflated – If your tires are under-inflated (or even over-inflated), your tires will wear out much faster. With newer vehicles, an alert will blink on your dash if your tire pressure drops too low. But with older vehicles, I recommend that you check it every month or so with a tire pressure gauge.
- Rotate your tires – Each tire carries a different amount of weight. When they’re rotated, you will even out the differences in wear. You should do this every 5,000-8,000 miles for good measure.
- Align the wheels – When you wheels are out of alignment, your wheels will get worn out extremely fast. Make sure they’re properly aligned for your safety.
Don’t Forget to Get Your Snow Tires
As you know, winter is fast approaching and the roads are going to be covered in snow and ice. You may want to replace your current tires to ensure your safety.
The reason why you may want to consider getting snow tires is due to the harsh driving conditions. When you have snow tires, you will get better traction so that your drives are much safer. Plus… snow tires are resistant to cold temperatures so that your tires won’t wear out quickly.
Is it time to change your tires? Visit the Service Center At Direct Auto Mall Today