I drive about 600 miles a week for work. That’s a lot! I’ve managed to get about 80,000 miles out of a set of tires, because I take care of them.
Proper tread depth is something to consider. Your tread depth really shouldn’t be less than 1/16th of an inch. An easy way to test this is with a penny. Grab a penny and insert it into your tread with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see the president’s entire head, you need new tires. There are also tools you can buy to help with this, but Lincoln will get you by in a pinch. There are also wear indicators that run perpendicular to the tread. If you look at your tires and more than a few of these indicators are visible, you need new tires.
I ran over a curb one time. (Try not to do this!) It caused a bulge on the outside edge of my tire. My tires were pretty old at this point and the rubber was breaking down. If you have a bulge like this on your tires, it is a sure sign that you are close to a blow-out. Head to your nearest tire shop and get that tire replaced. You don’t want to be stranded somewhere when the tire finally blows. Old tires will begin to crack and cause the steel belts to separate, causing a leak. This is another sign that a blow-out is coming.
Proper alignment will help your tires last longer. Ideally, you should rotate your tires every 6,000-8,000 miles.
Also, avoiding bumpy roads, keeping your tires properly inflated, and trying not to break suddenly will lengthen the life of your tires.
Stay safe out there!
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