Drivers everywhere, including in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Flemington, and Mechanicsburg, ask themselves how long their vehicles’ tires last. Well, truth be told, there isn’t one right answer. How long your tires last vary depending on an assortment factors, including the tire’s brand and size, as well as what your personal driving style is like.
To make sure you’re getting the most out of your tires and that you’re changing them often enough, we at Fred Beans have put together this guide on how long tires last on average. Read ahead to learn more about your tires and when you should change them.
Ratings vs The Real World
You’ll find that just about every tire you’ll find is rated to last for up to 50,000 miles. However—whether their factory, high-quality replacement tires, or otherwise—this isn’t always the case. What you need to understand is that these ratings are a result of performance tests completed under perfect road conditions and driving habits.
As you already know, driving conditions vary greatly depending on road quality, weather, and many other factors. This affects what we’ll call “real world results,” and they can often lower tire lifespans to between 20,000 and 30,000 miles. Real world results also vary greatly depending on your personal driving habits, which we’ll talk about more below.
Your Driving Style
Your personal driving style is the one factor that affects your tires’ lifespan the most. Driving on tires that are constantly underinflated will impact how long your tires last. Additionally, if you drive with your wheels out of alignment for long periods of time, that can also affect how long your tires stay in good shape.
One other driving habit that can affect a tire’s lifespan is accelerating or braking too quickly. These actions can break down the tread on your tires at faster rate, and need to be changed much more often than normal.
Testing Before Changing
There are several good ways to keep track of how often you need to have your tires changed. One somewhat reliable way to test your tires is by using the penny tread test.
Get a penny and stick it into the tread of your tires with Lincoln’s head sticking out and away from the center of the wheel. When you do this, look at where Lincoln’s head is at. If you’re able to see the top of his head sticking out between the tread, this means it’s time to get your tires changed.
This test won’t work for everyone, though. Sometimes, the tread depth can vary depending on what kind of car you have and what kind of tires that vehicle requires. However, this quick and easy test can give you a little bit of a better idea of what condition your tires are in.
Visit Our Service Center Today!
We hope this guide to how long your tires last has been helpful! However, if you still have questions about whether your tires need to be changed, or you know it’s time for a tire change, get in touch with us today!
We at Fred Beans are happy to answer any questions drivers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Flemington, and Mechanicsburg have, or to schedule you for a service appointment.