They spend the entirety of that life gripping the road. So, it makes perfect sense that they can only last so long. Experts suggest they should be changed every six years or so. However, they will last much longer if you take proper care of them. Your days of taking your tires for granted are over!
Check Inflation Levels
You should check your tire pressure once every two weeks at a minimum, more if you drive a lot of miles.
Check The Tread
Tire tread is important because it’s the point of contact between your tire and the road. The more worn your tread is, the greater the risk. Not to mention the fact that it’s illegal to drive with low tread, and doing so can result in fines of up to $1,500, as well as jail time. It’s not worth risking your life or legal complications. While state laws vary, generally, the minimum depth is 1.66mm. It must meet this all the way around the tire. However, once your tread wears below 3mm, your performance is at risk.
Make a habit of checking your tread at least every couple of weeks. If you drive a lot, then you may want to do so more frequently. Be sure to check the main tread groove depth in various spots around and across the tire. You can use a gauge to do this. In a pinch, you can use a quarter. The main grooves feature tread wear indicators as well, and if the surface of the tread is level with these, you need to replace your tires immediately. In addition to checking your tread and tire pressure, you should also look for damage. If you see bumps, cuts, swelling, or tears, then you should have your tires checked by an expert.
Manage The Rotation
When you’re on the road, your tires take different loads. This is why manufacturers recommend that you have your tires rotated annually (or every 7,500 miles, whichever comes first). By rotating your tires, you ensure they are wearing evenly.
If your tires start to wobble when you reach speeds of over 40mph, it suggests uneven wear. You can simply visit a specialist to have your wheels rebalanced.
The way you drive also has a lot to do with how well your tires hold up. You should avoid abrupt cornering, heavy braking, or driving at high speeds. All of these contribute to quicker wear and tear on tires.