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Your tires are one of the most important features of your vehicle. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to drive anywhere. That’s why it’s vital to make sure your tires continue to stay in excellent shape after lots of wear and tear.
You might be wondering, “How long do my tires last?” To answer this question for you thoroughly, our service professionals at Albany Motorcars have put together this detailed tire review for drivers near Albany, Leesburg, and Tifton, GA.
While every tire is different, on average tires last roughly 60,000 miles. However, you might find your tires only last around 30,000 miles, or you could get up to 80,000 miles of driving before needing a new set of tires. There are many factors that go into how long a set of tires will last.
For starters, the type of tires you purchase have an affect on their longevity. If you purchase all-season or winter tires, you’ll notice they’ll have different ratings than most other tires, and this could ultimately affect how long they’ll last.
Your driving style as well as where you drive are other factors that go into how long tires will last. If you tend to have a longer commute, do lots of traveling, or live in an area where it’s often very warm, any of these could have a huge impact on the life of your tires.
Even before your vehicle is hypothetically due for a new set of tires, you might want to check your tire treads just to be sure. Checking your tire treads for balding is extremely important. When they’re too worn, it can be harder for your vehicle to stay grounded, especially on wet or icy roads.
You can check your tire treads for wear and balding at home. All you’ll need is a penny! This penny test will help you determine how worn the tires are. Simply place your penny upside down into the first couple grooves across the tire, and then take a look at Lincoln’s head on the coin.
If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, this means there’s 2/32” or less remaining on your tires. This is a sign it’s time for you to replace them with some new tires. However, if Lincoln’s head is covered, this means you have more than 2/32” of tread depth remaining, so your current tires are probably fine.
One way to keep your tires from wearing out too quickly is by having your tires rotated. Most tires are due for a rotation roughly every 7,500 miles or every 6 months—whichever comes first. Since your front tires tend to wear more unevenly than the rear ones, swapping them around can help make all your tires wear evenly.
During your tire rotation appointment, our technicians will determine which direction your tires need to be rotated. This depends on your vehicle’s drivetrain since every drivetrain has a specific tire rotation pattern. Tires usually will be swapped front to back or diagonally.
When your vehicle is ready for a tire rotation or replacement, our team at Albany Motorcars has you covered. Give us a call or schedule your service appointment online. We look forward to serving drivers near Albany, Leesburg, and Tifton, GA!