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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BUY TIRES

Sometimes it can be hard to tell if it’s time to buy new tires. However, a few simple steps can help you know if it’s time for a change. Explore some frequent questions below that may help you understand if you need new tires.

How Long Do Tires Last?

Goodyear tire technician installing a new Goodyear ComforTred Touring tire on a car while up on the bay lift

Tire wear varies based on many conditions. At minimum, it’s a good idea to have them checked every year by a service professional. Factors like driving habits, climate and road conditions all contribute to how long your tires will last. One great way to extend the life of your tires is by rotating them regularly and maintaining proper air pressure.

How To Tell If You Need New Tires

It’s important to regularly inspect your tires and look for worn tread depth, uneven wear, damaged valves and rocks or nails. If you feel a rough ride or experience vibrations while driving it could be a sign that your tires are worn out or damaged. If you’re not sure if your tires are worn out it might be a good idea to have them inspected by a service professional. Read more signs for tire replacement and when to change your tires.

How to Check Your Tire Tread Depth

Goodyear suggests checking your tire tread depth every 3,000 miles. Here are some ways to check your tire tread depth to know if you need new tires:

Checking a tire’s tread depth using the penny test method

The Penny Test

Insert a penny into your tire's tread groove with Lincoln's head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tire tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it's time to replace your tires.

Measuring a tire’s tread depth with the quarter test method

The Quarter Test

Another easy coin test to measure tread depth is the quarter test. Insert a quarter into your tread groove. If the tread touches Washington's head, you have at least 4/32 inch of tread remaining.

Close up of the tire tread wear indicator on the Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate tire

Tire Tread Wear Indicator

You can also check the tread wear indicator. You can find the tread wear indicator less than an inch (2/32 of an inch) from the bottom of the tread groove. When the tread wears down to become even with this level, the tire should be replaced.

Close up view of a tire’s DOT sidewall on a Goodyear tire

Tire Manufacturing Date

Check the manufacturing date of your tires by examining the sidewalls. The manufacturing date is shown through the last four digits of the number that starts with DOT. The first two digits represent the week made and the second two represent the year made.

When Is The Best Time To Buy Tires?

Whether your tires have worn out or it’s time for winter tires, any time is a good time to buy tires on Goodyear.com. With our simple, convenient buying process, you can order wherever and whenever you choose. Also, check out our promotions page to learn what tire deals are available. Check out our buying tips for tire replacements as well to learn more about replacing all four tires, where to install certain tires, and different vehicle guidelines.

Buying Tires Online

Do you feel it’s time for a new set of tires? At Goodyear.com we make buying online easy. Find the right new tires for your vehicle today

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