How often do you need to replace your tires? Most tires are intended to last at least 10 years, and they have an indefinite lifespan while they're not in use. It isn't the materials that degrade when it comes to tires — it's all about driving habits and maintenance. If you want to save money and make your tires last longer, you need to commit to the proper tire maintenance schedule.
Environmental Factors That Wear Out Your Tires
Tires generally last anywhere between six and 10 years when they're in service. In service simply means any time the tires are on the vehicle, in use or stored outside. So a car that's sitting in a parking lot has its tires in use, and tires are in use if they are in direct exposure to light.
Being exposed to UV rays can prematurely age tires, which is why you should keep tires covered or keep your vehicle inside. Substantial swings in temperature can also damage tires over time, so climate-controlled environments are vastly preferred. Many owners store their tires in sub-standard locations before putting them on their vehicle, which can age the tires before they are even in use.
And it isn't just your car's environment when it's in storage that can make your tires last a shorter amount of time. It also matters where you live. Different cities experience more significant temperature extremes, and roads may vary in terms of repair and disrepair. If you live somewhere with notoriously bad roads, you might be in need of an auto repair check-in more frequently, both for your tires and your suspension.
Driving Habits That Can Degrade Your Tires
Though the roads may be rough, there are still things that you can do when you're driving to avoid undue damage to your tires. Avoiding the city and driving primarily on the highway is a good bet because highways won't have as many potholes, debris and other issues that city roads do. This will also avoid the infamous stop-and-go traffic that is bad for cars in general. When driving, you should attempt to drive as smoothly as possible, i.e. fewer fast accelerations and quick brakes. You should also do your best to avoid any debris and potholes when you can, driving around them when you can do so safely.
Under-inflated and over-inflated tires will both experience premature aging.
When you stop for gas, give your car's tires a quick once over. If they're looking a little flat, swing by the free tire pump to fill them up. You should also familiarize yourself with the signs that you need new tires or repairs. If there are cracks in the sidewall or the tread depth is too shallow, it's time to get new tires. A 4/32 tread depth is considered the minimum safe threshold for wet areas, though a 2/32 tread depth may be suitable for dryer climates.
Regular auto servicing and maintenance is also a key component to getting your tires to last longer. Rotating your tires regularly will ensure even wear and better handling. Concierge Auto Repair is available for both domestic and import auto repair. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring that your vehicle stays in tip-top shape. Contact us today to learn more or schedule a service.