How Long Do Tires Last?
When regularly maintained, the lifespan of the average car tire ranges from 40,000 – 60,000 miles. How long your tires last depends on several factors including your personal driving habits and local road conditions.
At Volkswagen of Panama City, we’re dedicated to helping you get the most from your travels around Springfield, Callaway, and Panama City, and to provide you with quality tires for your VW.
If you’re looking for tips on how to maximize the life of your tires, continue reading our handy guide!
When Should I Get My Tires Replaced?
When it comes to things like steering, traction, and braking, your tires play a crucial role. So, it’s wise to outfit your vehicle with only the highest-quality wheels.
Over time, you’ll notice the treads on your tires will slowly become shallow. To make sure that they wear down evenly, make it a point to rotate your tires every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. This also allows our technicians time to examine each tire for signs of excessive wear or damage. A few common signs include:
- Cracks along the sidewall
- Bulges or blistering
- Excessive tread wear
The Penny Test
Your tire treads are officially considered bald once they fall beneath 2/32 of an inch, and should immediately be replaced.
An easy way to measure your treads at home is to insert a penny into the tread groove with the top of Lincoln’s head facing into the tire. If all or most of his head is obscured, then your tread depths are in good condition.
On the other hand, if Lincoln’s head is fully visible, it’s time to schedule a tire appointment. You also can look for the tread bar located inside the tread well.
What Are Other Signs My Tires Should Be Replaced?
In some cases, signs might not immediately be visible. A gradual drop in fuel efficiency might tip you off, or if you notice it takes longer to come to a full stop. Additional signs to look out for include:
- Sudden Drop in PSI Levels
If you drive a modern vehicle, you might notice the Tire Pressure Monitoring System or “TPMS” light illuminate on your dashboard.
Slow leaks are a common symptom of worn tires, so check your tires’ PSI levels at least once per month. This not only will make driving more comfortable, it also can help extend your tires’ usefulness.
- Brake Pedal Vibration
If while traveling down the road your brake pedal vibrates or bounces while slowing down, it could be the result of poor tread depth.
If you notice your vehicle pulling or drifting to one side, it might also be a sign that your wheels are unbalanced and need to be realigned.
Schedule Tire Service Today!
As the old adage goes: Never skimp on the things that separate you from the ground. So, if you realize your tires can use a little TLC, visit the service center at Volkswagen of Panama City or go online to schedule a service appointment.
Before you know it, we’ll have you back on the roads of Springfield, Callaway, and Panama City!