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.
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Tire alignment will aid your tires in performing to the best of their abilities and increase their lifespan. Thus, alignment should be thought of as equally of importance to the upkeep of your tires. Improved handling and the prevention of the pulling of your vehicle in one direction are other favorable effects that tire alignments gives you. If you are worried that your tires aren’t aligned or just want to check to make sure, come get it checked as soon as possible.
Some drivers are under the misconception that tire wear can cause misaligned wheels. But in fact, it’s quite the opposite—a car that’s out of alignment will cause uneven tire wear, which is why it’s so important to get a wheel alignment once or twice a year. If you’re getting new tires and it’s been a while since your last wheel alignment, the mounting of new tires can be an excellent opportunity to address alignment. Every vehicle has recommended wheel alignment specifications. These can—and should—be referenced when your new tires are installed to ensure your car is in alignment, and you’re going to get the most from your new tires—in years and performance.
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.