How Many Miles Do Tires Last?

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Strong tires are vital to your vehicle’s safety and handling. Quality tires, maintained and rotated properly, can last for many years in the right driving conditions around Pittsburgh. They’ll be fantastic for weekend getaways departing from Harrisburg to the beach, mountains, camping, or lake destination. If you’re curious how many miles tires can last, read our comprehensive guide.

How Many Miles Do Tires Last in Ordinary Conditions?

Many tires on new vehicles on the lot have high-quality replacement tires that can last around 50,000 miles under ordinary driving. That could be four to five years. However, your tire life expectancy might change based on how you drive, which alters how many miles tires should last. Tire life may range from 30,000 to 80,000 miles, depending on driving habits, tire quality, and the tread wear rating.

How Many Miles Should Tires Last?

Your used vehicle’s tires should last as long as the warranty period, which you’ll see when you purchase the new ones. But, a puncture, rough terrain, gravel roads, and dirt roads might cause your tires to wear out faster.

What Factors Lessen or Lengthen Tire Life Expectancy? 

When shopping for new tires, you have two main questions. How many miles do tires last? How many miles should tires last on Chambersburg drives? See what can change the life expectancy of your tire:

  • Type of tire: High-performance tires have additional grip and better handling on streets and roads. However, high-performance tires may wear faster than all-season tires with less rolling resistance. 
  • Tread wear rating: All tires have a tread wear rating from the manufacturer. The better the tread wear rating, the longer the tires could last. 
  • Drivetrain: Tires wear differently on front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive vehicles due to the power distribution. Expect your tires to wear out faster with AWD because the engine sends power to all four wheels when needed. 
  • Road conditions: Gravel or dirt roads and off-road terrain can cause more wear on tires than paved roads. Construction areas, snow, road salt, rain, ice, and unpaved job sites can also cause faster wear.
  • Hilly terrain: Navigating hilly terrain produces more friction on the tires because you need more power to start and stop the vehicle than on flat surfaces. 
  • Driving habits: Quick acceleration and deceleration will wear out your tires faster than accelerating gradually and coasting to a stop, even on flat, perfectly paved roads. Speed up or slow down gradually, drive under the speed limit, and give plenty of following distance.
  • Weight of your vehicle. Heavier vehicles typically have faster tread wear. EVs are heavier than similarly sized internal combustion vehicles of the same size. Expect to buy new tires at more regular intervals if you own an EV.

Tire Care Tips For Long-Lasting Tires

You can do some things to extend the life of your tires with our tips:

  • Inspect tires for proper air pressure every time you fill your gas tank or once a week if you own an EV. Tires inflated to the right pounds per square inch (PSI) improve fuel efficiency, traction, and tire life. Do not over- or under-inflate your tires.
  • Regularly inspect tire treads for wear. If the tread depth gets below 2/32 of an inch, it’s time for new tires. Use a penny to measure this. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head when you stick a penny into the tire tread, it’s time for a replacement tire, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Rotate your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles to make your tires last longer.
  • Bring your vehicle in for regularly scheduled maintenance because our service technicians will also check your tires and recommend new ones if they are worn. 

Take Care of Your Tires With Us in Huntingdon

Do you need a tire rotation or other maintenance for your car, truck, or SUV? Contact us or call for more information or to make an appointment.


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