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Investing in a new set of tires isn’t cheap. The best brands can command high prices for a full set, and costs vary depending on the type of vehicle you drive.
As with any purchase, you want to know how long your investment will last. Generally, tires should be given a thorough inspection after around six years, to check for signs of excessive wear and tear. They will no doubt look well-used after so much time, but that’s not necessarily an indicator that they need to be switched.
However, even the strongest tires will need changing at the 10 year mark. Even if they still seem in decent condition, it’s best to invest in a fresh set for your own safety. Experts claim that a tire is obviously ready to be exchanged when the tread depth gets as low as 2 / 32 of an inch – anything less, and you may be putting yourself at risk.
It’s fairly common to see tire brands quoting customers with between 30,000 and 80,000 miles of usage for their products, while some drivers may have had tires which became ineffective after just 15,000 miles, especially if driven at high speeds and on rough terrain.
What can you do to make them last longer?
Getting the most out of your new tires
On average, drivers clock 13,476 miles on America’s roads per year, but not everyone drives in the same way. As with any product, if you’re responsible with your tires they will last longer than if you’re prone to wild driving and never maintain them.
Spinning the tires, braking harder than you need to, accelerating unreasonably fast, and maintaining high speeds for long stretches all cause more rapid deterioration to your new tires.
Other, less obvious factors can affect how long your tires last. Driving with wheels out of alignment will have a negative impact on their lifespan, but you can have yours checked at a tire store or garage. They will perform a comprehensive check to ensure proper alignment and balance.
Leaving tires below the recommended pressure is another guaranteed path to faster wear. Your tires should be kept at their suggested level of inflation to ensure they can handle the weight of your vehicle, the force of your braking, and proper cornering.
At their worst, under-inflated tires may lose their grip on the road entirely. We don’t need to tell you why this would be bad.
You can check the tire pressure yourself at home, using a tire-pressure gauge. These are available at an affordable price, and are fairly easy to use (even for first-timers). Alternatively, tire stores will be happy to assess your tire pressure for you, and countless gas stations provide guidance on their air pumps. Generally, you can get the most effective pressure readings when the tires have not been used for a few hours and are cooler.
Neglecting to rotate your tires on a regular basis is another common mistake. Tires at the front of your vehicle will wear out faster if you drive a front-wheel-drive model, and can be switched with the rear ones to keep their deterioration even.
For rear-wheel-drive vehicles, you can simply reverse the process to minimize unbalanced wear and tear. This may be a little more hassle than you would like, but if it can reduce your need to invest in a fresh set of tires just yet, it’s well worth your time.
“Tires that need changing are a common reason drivers call on our towing services,” said a representative of Emergency Towing San Francisco. “Drivers can get stranded, experience a blowout, or even something more dangerous by neglecting their tires. Take proper care and have them checked to stay safe.”