Tires are the only thing contacting the ground as you drive. They provide the grip necessary to accelerate, stop, and turn. And when you ignore your tires or even use the wrong tire in the wrong weather, you are setting yourself up for a potentially dangerous ride. Therefore, checking your tires is one of the most important maintenance items to check along with engine oil and brakes.
How Often Should I Replace My Tires
There is honestly no general mileage estimate for when you should replace your tires. You should, however, be constantly monitoring your tires to make sure your car has good traction. Constantly check the tread pattern depth and check for any deformities such as flat spots, bulges on the sidewall, or one side wearing more than the other. There are some tires meant to go 50,000 miles, and there are some tires meant to go 1,000 miles such as racing tires. If you’re looking at bringing your grandfather’s car back to life, you better replace the tires as even if tires aren’t used the rubber can wear and crack. Another thing to keep in mind id that tires need to be replaced around every 5 years regardless of mileage.
You can easily check the depth of your tire with a penny if you don’t have a ruler. If you stick the penny with Lincoln’s head down into the tread, and you see his whole head, then you need to get new tires very soon as its only a matter of time before the chords of your tires start showing. To keep tires in their best shape, also make sure to keep up with tire rotations around every 5000 miles and keeping your tire pressures at the manufactured recommended specifications. Most cars are front-engine and front-wheel drive, meaning the front tires are carrying most of the weight and all of the power, so they will usually wear out faster than the rear tires. So don’t just check one tire and assume all the other tires are in the same condition.
Importance Of Weather Specific Tires
Believe it or not, tires have different rubber compounds that have different operating temperatures. Summer tires have an operating temperature of around 60-110 degrees and winter tires have an operating temperature of -10-50 degrees. Still, All-Season tires try to be an all in one having an operating temperature between 30-80 degrees. If you live in a place with more than 1 season, consider investing in a good pair of all seasons or even consider season-specific tires for better traction and performance.