Truthfully, there is no way of knowing exactly how long a tire lasts or when you need new tires. There are many factors that come into play when it comes to the lifespan and mileage of a tire, dependent on:
• It’s structure
• The weather
• Driving tendencies
• Road conditions
• The amount of care that's put into the tires
However, there are many indications to be aware of that prompt you to get new tires.
The fact of the matter is that the more wear and tear that a tire takes on, the more unsafe it is to drive on. The main functions of tread are to redirect water from beneath the tire, to improve traction and to avoid hydroplaning on wet roads. As tire tread wears down, it becomes less dependable. Tires become completely unsafe when they’re worn down to 1⁄16 of an inch. However, it is suggested you don't wait until that point to get new tires, especially when driving in adverse weather conditions.
Signs You Need New Tires
Did you know you can determine the condition of your tires for as low as one cent? Most commonly known as the penny test, you can test your tire’s tread by inserting your penny into various grooves along the tread. If the top of Lincoln’s head is showing when you put the penny in, that means that tread is low and your tires are unsafe. At this point you’ll want to seriously consider replacing your tires. On the other hand, if you can’t see Lincoln’s head, that means you have about 2/32 of an inch remaining before you need to think about getting new tires.
The Penny Experiment
Despite the amount of attention you give your tires, there are still outside forces that will take a toll on your tire’s condition. If you consistently drive in crude weather conditions or you’ve had your tires for many years now, the elasticity loses shape and crack start forming along the surface. Remember, if the cracks are light then you don’t have anything to worry about. Now if you notice a lot of splintering on your tire, you should act fast in taking your tires to get looked at by a professional sooner rather than later.
If you have questions about new tires, tire repair, or whether you need a wheel alignment, please call our auto repair shop. Our tire techs are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to making new tire recommendations and handling tire repairs. For wheel alignments, we use state-of-the-art equipment and strictly adhere to your vehicle manufacturer’s alignment specifications. You can trust us to do right by you and your tires.