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Approximately how long does a set of tires last?

How Do You Know When to Buy New Tires?

You would think, that out of all those warning lights that could (very inconveniently) pop up on your dashboard, that one of them would indicate when it’s time for new tires. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, although when your tire pressure is low, an icon will pop up. So how do you know when to buy new tires?

tire tread patternsSigns that your vehicle needs new tires:

  • Excessive vibration, especially when traveling at high speeds
  • Cracks in the sidewalls of the tires
  • Bulges or noticeable weak spots (which could lead to a serious blowout)
  • Severely worn down tire tread or baldness

How to Check Tire Tread with the “Penny Test”

Checking the tread on your tires is even easier than having to pop the hood and check the oil. The “Penny Test” is an old and accurate trick that you can try at home. What you’ll need is a penny with Lincoln’s head on it.

Insert the penny with Abe’s head facing downward into the tread. If you can barely see any of Abe’s head, then your tires are in good shape. On the other hand, if all of Abe’s head is visible, then it’s time to consider a new set.

Front-Wheel Drive vs All-Wheel Drive

If you’re still uncertain whether or not the tread on your tires is safe enough to get by during winter or the rainy season, then we highly recommend that you stop by the Hall Mazda Service Center. Our team would be more than happy to take a look and let you know the approximate lifespan of your tires.

Depending on the make and model of your vehicle as well as the brand of tires that you’ve purchased, the average lifespan of a set of tires will range from 12,000-15,000 miles.

winter tires on car

Benefits of Tire Rotation

A new set of tires is an expensive investment, therefore it’s important to take good care of them to help deter unnecessary wear and tear which ultimately will lead to early replacement. One of the most important, and easiest ways, to care for your tires is having them rotated.

Even though all four tires are touching the ground at all times, supporting the weight of your vehicle, not all of them endure the same beating.

Typically the front tires will wear down more quickly because this is where the engine is located, causing the tires to combat more power and friction.

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