Whether you're driving a family van, a macho pickup truck, or a modern, sporty sedan, your tires are an essential part of your vehicle. Without proper functional tires, your car isn't taking you anywhere.
So how long do tires last? The average lifespan of tires is 50,000 miles, but there's no definitive answer. Many factors can affect the lifespan of your vehicle's tires. Here's what they are:
- TYPE OF TIRE. The tread is naturally different on winter tires vs. summer tires. It goes the same for performance tires and all-weather tires. We advise that you check the treadwear rating before you purchase any tires, as the rating can affect the lifespan of your tires. The higher the tire rating, the longer the tires are supposed to last.
- TYPE OF CAR. A bigger vehicle, such as an SUV or truck puts more weight on the tires themselves. You should ensure you put the right-sized tires on your car.
- DRIVING HABITS. There are many helpful practices you can do to extend the life of your tires. For instance, a careful driving style avoids hard acceleration, a heavy vehicle, and racing over bumps and potholes can minimize tire wear. Additionally, quick acceleration and hard brakes will likely put more wear onto your tires.
- TERRAIN. If you frequently travel on gravel and dirt roads, your tires will degrade faster than someone who only drives on smooth, concrete surfaces.
It's essential to keep your eyes open for signs of tire wear. Tread loss is the most prevalent sign that your tire needs to be replaced soon, and it's easy to measure with the penny test. Additionally, it would be best if you kept an eye for cracks and holes. Tires that are six years and older are more susceptible to punctures as they have more wear.
To prolong your tires, please make sure you perform regular maintenance. Tire maintenance includes proper inflation, proper alignment, and proper rotations. Preventative care, combined with healthy driving habits, will keep your tires in tip-top condition for as long as possible. If you need assistance with any tire services, we invite you to bring your vehicle to ASAP Automotive & Transmission today!