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.
There are several obvious signs you need new tires. For example, if your tires are balled, your tire sidewalls have cracks or gouges, or you have cords showing through the rubber on your tires, you need new tires, no doubt about it, because your tires are unsafe for driving and will ultimately result in tire failure. Rather than wait until your tires are dangerously worn out, it’s better to get new tires as soon as they hit 2/32 inches, which you can test with a penny. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head above your tire tread (with his head facing down), your tread is below the 2/32” mark, and you need new tires.
How a Wheel Alignment Can Help You Get the Most from Your New Tires
A wheel alignment is the process of adjusting your car’s suspension components to bring the wheels and tires into specific angles, which facilitates optimal vehicle handling, tire wear, and performance. Under normal driving conditions, a wheel alignment once or twice per year is recommended; however, there is no guaranteed length of time your vehicle will stay in alignment. For example, if you hit a huge pothole leaving the auto repair shop, your wheel alignment could be undone immediately. When you get new tires, getting a wheel alignment as well is a smart idea, especially if your old, dismounted tires show signs of uneven wear. Getting a wheel alignment will help ensure proper tire wear and full tire life for your new tires.
Our Auto Repair Shop Can Help with New Tires, Tire Repair & Wheel Alignment
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.