How Long Do Tires Last?

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.

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:

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.

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

 

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.

Treadwear indicator in a tire’s tread to check tread depth

 

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.

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

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.

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.