Changing your tires is something that needs to be done but surprisingly not as often as some might think. There is an actual expiration date on tires and just how long they will last.
Some tire manufacturers now make tires that can last up to 80,000 miles. However, even if you don’t hit that number, tire changes and inspections are recommended every six years at the minimum.
Automotive safety experts say a tire needs replacing when its tread depth reaches 2/32 of an inch. While that’s a great standard to live by, most people have no idea how to even look for something like that when inspecting their own tires.
Estimating that most Americans (pre-Pandemic) drove roughly 15,000 miles a year, the commonsense approach would be to have your tires replaced every four years. If you’re now working remotely and not putting the same number of miles on as before, replacing your tires between four and six years is the safest bet.
Other indicators for your tire’s health besides the tread include the balance, the rotation, and the tire pressure. Many tire manufacturers recommend car owners rotate their tires between 5,000-8,000 miles as well as inspecting their tires once a month. Rotating your tires helps with balance and tread. In addition, there are tire gauges to assist you if you don’t want to take your car to a service center.
But those types of repair shops will use balance machines to make sure your tires are spinning correctly as well as the other required mechanisms to keep your tires checked and balanced.
Tires have improved tremendously over the years giving drivers more time to drive on them before eventually replacing them. Maintaining your tires, especially if you live in a city that rains or snows a lot, is very important to your protection and the safety of other drivers.