That is the million dollar question that many drivers ask their tire repair shop. There is no simple answer. It largely depends on your driving habits. Do you make quick stops and sharp turns? Do you drive on gravel roads, bumpy roads and over potholes? Avoiding these driving conditions will help extend the life of your tires. Keeping up with needed tire repair and service can also make a big difference in your safety.
Adhering to the tips below can significantly extend the life of your tires:
- Repair tears and rips in the rubber - Don't wait for a blow-out or be stranded with a flat. Tire repair is easy to complete and low cost.
- Keep the correct inflation pressure - The correct air pressure (psi) makes your driving more fuel efficient and the rubber less likely to blow out. Check out the vehicle manufacturer's recommended level, which is usually found in the doorjamb or in the owner's manual.
- Tire rotation - This will reduce excessive wear on just one tire, or just a certain side of the tire. Most vehicle owner's manual state the recommended pattern for rotating tires to spread the wear evenly.
- Watch for excessive tread wear - Most of today's new tires have tread-wear indicators, which are little bars in the tread that show when the tire is worn down to replacement level.
- Maintain good wheel alignment and balance - This also helps keep excessive tread wear down to a minimum. Your auto shop will have a balance machine, which spins the wheel to see where high and low spots are and detects any imbalance. Your shop can also make sure your wheels are aligned to keep the car tracking straight.
Tires do have an expiration date. There is a general consensus that most tires should be inspected, if not replaced, at about six years and should absolutely be swapped out after 10 years, regardless of how much tread they have left. Most new tires on the market today will last about 60,000 miles if driven within normal conditions.
Tips to Remember: Do you know how old your tires are? Check the code on the sidewall.
If you're wondering how long will new tires last, contact our ASE Certified technicians at Kestner Automotive today for more information about tire repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area.