How Long Do Tires Last?
By keeping up with all your parts and maintenance, your car will continue to run well and keep you safe during your drives. At Honda of Bay County, we take pride in being able to help drivers Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway stay on the road for as long as possible.
One of those important maintenance jobs is making sure your vehicle is always cruising around on tires that provide reliable traction and stability. However, like all parts, these need to be replaced from time to time. So, how long do tires last?
How Long Should My Tires Last?
How long a tire lasts depends on who you ask. There are those that err on the side of caution and think you should replace them every three years, and then there are manufacturers who claim theirs can last for nearly a decade.
Most commuters will end up getting new tires every three to four years. While it's important to find out how old your tires are, what you should really be thinking about is how many miles can you put on them.
Let's say you have a long commute or travel a lot. You may end up putting 15,000 to 20,000 miles a year on your car-and that's going to wear out the tread on your tires a lot faster than if you take public transportation to work and only drive 8,000 to 10,000 miles a year.
If you have a good idea of how many miles you drive annually, you can determine how many miles are on them. By looking at the sidewall, you can find out how old your tires are. There's a code printed on your sidewall with four digits on the right, which represent the week and year your tire was made.
There are also specialty tires designed for different uses and driving conditions. All-terrain tires that are made for off-roading have a much different lifespan than performance tires that you'd find on a roadster. So, how do you know when it's time to get new tires?
How to Tell If You Need New Tires
The easiest way to check the status of your tires is to look at the tread and sidewall. If the tread has worn down and become smooth, you should replace the tires as soon as possible.
By having smooth tread, it no longer has the ability to properly grip the road and give you adequate traction. This can be dangerous for both stopping effectively and handling curves.
If it doesn't look smooth yet but you still want to know how it's holding up, there's an old trick you can use. Get a penny, turn President Lincoln upside down, and try to insert the penny into the tread. If you can still see the top of his head, your tread has started to wear down and you should get new tires.
The other thing to look for is the state of your sidewall. If it looks damaged, like the rubber is tearing, you should get the tire replaced.
Service & Tire Center
At Honda of Bay County, we have a full tire center to help you with all your needs, from rotations and air refills to patching and replacing. Drivers in Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway can even order new tires from us online.
To learn more about how long do tires last or any other maintenance questions, schedule service to get your next appointment set up.