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by admin, September 27, 2018, Tips

Life of a Tire

When do you need to replace your tires? Tire life depends on many factors. New vehicles come equipped with tires that will last up to 50,000 miles. Not driving a new vehicle? Here are some broad guidelines.

Factors to consider when evaluating your tires

Quality of the tire

Whether your vehicle is equipped with a performance summer tire or an all-season tire, the type of car it is mounted on, the tread-wear rating (the expected length of tread) and how the car is driven all need to be taken into careful consideration.


Performance rubber may grip on dry pavement, but it tends to wear out faster than tires with less rolling resistance. If you drive your vehicle like you just stole it, that also will wear the tread faster. For more information on tire types and which is best for your driving style, check out this Tires and Wheels article posted on Cars.com.

Factors that can lower the life-span of your tire

Driving a car whose wheels are out of alignment will lower your tire’s lifespan, as will driving for extended periods on tires below their recommended pressure. Read your owner’s manual for proper PSI and have your vehicle’s alignment checked regularly to lengthen the life of your tire.

Tire Rotation
If your vehicle maintenance seldom includes tire rotation, that also can accelerate wear, especially for the front tires on a front-wheel-drive vehicle. They carry most of the vehicle’s weight and also carry most of the load in braking and cornering.

Though you should be able to expect about 50,000 miles from original-equipment new tires (and quality replacement tires), the reality can be quite different. Owners of late-model Honda CR-Vs have found themselves replacing all four new tires around 20,000 miles. Those who bought replacement tires that were supposed to last 50,000 miles or more have also found tires good for only 30,000 miles. In other words, there are no promises.

You don’t have to spend top dollar on tires to increase their longevity, but don’t automatically buy the cheapest ones either. After all, tires are the only part of your vehicle that are supposed to touch the ground, so make sure they’re up to the task. When choosing tires, higher tread-wear and traction ratings are always a good choice.

Keep in mind that performance tires with higher speed ratings may not last long. For most cars owners, a balanced combination of comfort on the road, wet traction, noise resistance and high tread-wear ratings will probably be your best bet and keep you safe!

Watch this video on how to know when to replace my tires!

Tri County Collision has provided the finest paint and body repair services, accompanied by unsurpassed customer service, since 1974. We use the innovative, sustainable paint products and coatings under the AkzoNobel family of products to return your car to a fresh-off-the-lot look. Give our team a chance to repair your dings, scratches and scuffs by calling us at 215.322.5350 or stopping by our shop at 995 Jaymor Road, Southampton, PA 18966