How Long Do Tires Last?
Having a good set of tires will help you drive around Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley for a long time. How long do tires last?
We’ll answer that question with our informative tire guide. Learn all about them below and contact the tire shop at Land Rover Albuquerque if you have any questions.
Tires typically last about three to four years before the tire tread starts to wear out. However, this is usually if you drive around 12,000 to 15,000 miles a year. It also doesn’t factor in other things that could age tires quickly. These include:
- Heat: Tires age more quickly in warmer climates. Plus, exposure to sunlight and coastal climate can speed up the aging process.
- Storage: This more applies to spare tires. If a spare is kept in a trunk, it’s practically baking in a small oven (which again, will age a tire quickly). If a tire is kept in a garage or shop, it’ll age more slowly, but will age, nevertheless.
- Tire condition/use: How tires are cared for will affect how long they last. If a tire hits the curb too many times or has ever gotten a puncture, then it may not last a long time. Plus, tires on a car that’s just driven on weekends will have a different aging pattern then ones on a car that drives daily on highways.
Despite the information above, it’s important to note that tires should be replaced after six years, regardless of the shape they’re in.
What Happens to Tires as They Age?
Tires will age over time. It’s similar to an old rubber band. If you take one that’s been sitting around for a long time and stretch it, you’ll see cracks in the band.
Cracks in a tire will develop over time, on the surface and/or inside the tire. The cracking can eventually cause the tread’s steel belts to separate from the rest of the tire. Some tires that were made for higher mileages have “anti-ozinant” compounds built into the rubber. These compounds will slow the aging process. However, they can’t stop what happens to the rubber naturally over time.
While you can’t stop tires from aging, you can preserve their lifespan through basic maintenance, like:
- Tread: Tires are considered unsafe once the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch. A great way to check tread is by the penny test. Take a penny and place Abe Lincoln’s head upside down in the tread. If you can see the top of his head, then you’ll need new tires.
- Pressure: You’ll want to ensure even tire wear through proper inflation. Most vehicles will have a light appear on the dash when one or more tires are low on air. If not, it’s good to check them once a month. And you’ll want to check them when the tires haven’t been driven on for several hours, to get a more accurate reading.
- Rotation: Since tires wear at different times, you’ll want to get them rotated regularly. This should be done every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.
Learn More at Our Service Center
Now that you know how long tires last, it may be time to head to the service center at Land Rover Albuquerque. Our team of trained technicians will have you back on the roads of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley in no time.