So How Long Should I Expect My Tires to Last?
Your tires are the only thing on your car touching the road, so ensuring they are up to the task is incredibly important.
Consider the tires that are currently on your vehicle. How old are the tires? How worn are they? How long will your tires last? As important as your tires are, it helps to know a little bit more about them.
Signs When Tires Should be Replaced
According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average American drives 13,476 miles every year - that’s over 1,100 miles a month! Goodyear offers select replacement tires, which include treadwear wear-out warranties for up to six (6) years, or the mileage indicated (shown at the Tread Life Limited Warranty webpage), or whichever occurs first. Keep in mind that a tire's warranty begins on the purchase date and not on the date the tire was manufactured.
Most tires last until the tread wears out under proper maintenance and service conditions and come out of service for normal wear-out or typical service conditions after 3 to 4 years of typical driving and service. Keep in mind, this is typical wear on properly inflated tires, on a properly aligned car, driven under normal driving conditions. If the alignment on your car isn’t to the factory standards, or your tires are underinflated, the tire tread can wear abnormally. And, if you drive your car aggressively, the tread can wear away more quickly. Learn more signs for tire replacement and tips on when to replace your tires.
Using the Penny Test to Check Your Tread Depth
Tread wear can be easily checked with coins in your pockets. Take a penny and hold President Lincoln’s head upside down. Stick the penny in one of the primary tread grooves. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, you have less than two thirty-seconds of an inch (2/32”) of tread. Also, your tires have wear indicators - these wear indicators are located at several places around the circumference of your tires and rise 2/32 inch from the bottom of the groove. When the tread has worn down to the 2/32-inch level, these indicators become flush with the tread surface and appear as a smooth bridge connecting the two adjacent tread ribs. And remember you can always visit a Goodyear Authorized Service Center to have your tire treadwear and inflation pressure checked.
Effects of Storing Your Car on Your Tires
If your tires - or even your entire car - is stored for part of the year, your tires could very easily fall victim to sidewall weathering/cracking (a condition some may call “dry rotting.”). The sidewall weathering that is visually evident on the tire occurs when the rubber compounds used to make the tire begin to break down. Those cracks can cause a weak spot in your tire. If you spot this evidence of sidewall weathering, it’s recommended you contact a Goodyear Authorized Service Center or Goodyear dealer to have your tires inspected to gauge the severity of the issue.
If you do store your car or your tires for part of the year, it’s best to keep the tires unloaded - if the tires are mounted on a car, try and park the car on jack stands so the full weight of the car isn’t on the tires. If you store the tires off the car, try to hang the tires by the wheels so weight isn’t compressing them. Whenever possible, store the tires inside, away from direct sunlight and away from electric motors that produce excessive ozone, as ozone can hasten sidewall weathering as well. Learn more facts about how and where to properly store your tires.
It’s been discussed that brand-new tires should last three to four years in most typical driving situations. However, there are those situations where you may not know the age of your tires, such as when a used vehicle is purchased. The previous owner may not have a record of when the tires were purchased or installed. Inspecting your tires for wear and tear is a common practice that you should begin working into your schedule, whether it’s inspecting a new vehicle, or using this routine on a monthly basis for your current vehicle.
Learning to read your tires and the codes on them will be extremely valuable. Grab a flashlight, a pencil, and a notebook - or take a few photos with your cellphone - and be ready to learn about one of the most important parts of your car.