How many miles can I drive before I need new tires?

May 18th, 2018 by

How often should I change my tires?

One often overlooked but extremely vital part of keeping your vehicle safe is keeping your tires maintained. When tires are not properly maintained a whole host of bad things can happen on the road like popping a tire or getting a flat. Even the most advanced safety and braking features can’t do their job to protect you if your tires can’t grip the road. Tire maintenance can raise a lot of questions: How to test tread on your tires? How often should I change my tires? How do I keep my tires from wear? If you’re unsure about the answers to the previous questions, keep reading. This post is for you.

Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules for how often you need to change your tires. Everything from the kind of tires you have, road conditions, and how you drive can all affect the wear and thus the life expectancy. You should consider changing your tires anytime there is significant wear or tear including cuts and bulges, if your tires begin slipping in inclement weather, if the tread is worn, or if it has been 6 or more years since they were last changed. When you do change your tires you do not have to buy the exact brand of tire that came with your car. Check your owner’s manual for tire recommendations specific to your vehicle.

How to test the tread on my tires

It is very important to change your tires when the tread becomes worn. There are a few ways you can check the tread wear on your tires at home. The first method is to look for the tread wear indicators on your tire, they should be in between the grooves. If those bars are at the same height as your tire treads it is time for a tire change. The second method is to use a tire tread depth gauge. Use the gauge to measure the length of your tread, anything below 1.5 mm or 2/32” will need replacing. Finally, one of the most well known tricks for measuring tread is using a penny or quarter. With Lincoln’s or Washington’s face towards you, put the penny or quarter into the tread with the head facing down. If you can see the top of their heads or the area above their heads it is time to replace your tire.


Ready to replace your tires? Visit the service page on the Baxter Volkswagen Omaha website to schedule an appointment.

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