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.
The Penny Test
Tire alignment will aid your tires in performing to the best of their abilities and increase their lifespan. Thus, alignment should be thought of as equally of importance to the upkeep of your tires. Improved handling and the prevention of the pulling of your vehicle in one direction are other favorable effects that tire alignments gives you. If you are worried that your tires aren’t aligned or just want to check to make sure, come get it checked as soon as possible.
Out of Your Control
There are still many other factors contribute to the determent of tires that are often out of your control, which includes weather cracking and sidewall integrity. As tires either age or are exposed to extreme weather conditions, the rubber begins to lose elasticity and cracks appear on the surface. Some cracking might not mean you need new tires, but if you notice a lot of splintering, it's a good idea to take your car to a tire shop where a professional can help you determine if you need new tires.
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Equally as important as the condition of your tires, is making sure your tire alignment is correct. Good tire alignment helps your tires in optimizing their performance and allows them to last longer. Tire alignment also decreases the pulling of your vehicle in one direction while driving and gives the driver a better sense of control over the vehicle as a whole. If you haven’t gotten your tires aligned in a while, come in today so we can take care of that for you.