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How Often Should I Replace My Tires?

All of us like to think that we are pretty good drivers. As soon as we get out on the road, every other motorist seems to be making the most blatant errors in driving that only we can spot, and our driving skill feels like something straight out of NASCAR. However, one sharp turn and its all gone: and then you get out to see that your tires have gone. Many people, given the price point that new tires sit at, hesitate in changing their tires when they are due.

In fact, many people aren’t aware of the mileage that tires are supposed to rack up before a fresh set will have to be installed. In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at how often you should replace your tires, and the best tire replacement service in Vaughan. 

Given that tires are in constant contact with the asphalt and every small bump and crevice is felt through our set of rubbers, you’d think that tires last very long. After all, they are manufactured by corporations who know what they are doing, right? However, the weight of the car, the passengers, luggage and then the road conditions and climate conditions can all wear out a tire pretty quickly, and if you aren’t prompt about tire replacement, it can get extremely dangerous.

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Let’s start by looking at how often you should replace your tires.

Tire replacement: how often should it be done?

Tires can get really dangerous if not changed in time; this much is obvious. However, the fact is that people still struggle to know exactly when their tires might be out of juice, and it is only usually after something bad like an accident has happened that people’s attention is turned towards the tires. 

So, how often should tires be swapped out for new ones? Well, the run-of-the-mill answer is around about five or six years of regular driving. This means that by the time that your car has racked up about 45,000 to 60,000 miles, the tires will have to be changed. It is important because by this point, the tires have pretty much run out of treadwear, and since treadwear is extremely imperative for grip and traction, after 50,000 miles, the tires will pretty much be unusable. 

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However, that isn’t the case with all car types and all tires. There are a number of factors that determine just how much time can be allowed to elapse between tire changes. Here is a quick discussion about the factors that affect the time period between tire changes. 

Factors affecting tire treadwear and longevity

Not all car tires are made equal, and different manufacturing techniques, different brands run and age differently. Similarly, many other factors also affect tire longevity differently. Here is a quick rundown of which factors affect tire treadwear and longevity.

  1. Climate

Climate is one of the biggest and most major factors that affect tire treadwear and longevity differently. Since tires are made out of vulcanized rubber, different climate types tend to affect the life and tread of the tire differently. For example, the most wear and tear that a set of tires will experience is during summers; during extremely hot weather, tires degrade rapidly as they come into contact with hot asphalt and an increased air pressure within the walls.

This is why it is usually advised to keep air pressure a couple of bars lower than full because the tires during summer and already under considerable stress, and further pressurizing them may degrade their performance and their structural integrity. Similarly, during extreme winters, air pressure needs to be kept full since the tires don’t go through as much wear and tear during winters. Therefore, if you live in a hotter climate, there is a good chance that your tires will wear out sooner than a set that is being used in colder climates. 

  1. Maintenance

In the same vein as maintaining air temperature for the tires, your black rubbers need their own set of maintenance as well. This includes tire care, keeping them at the recommended air pressure level, and having them repaired as soon as you get a flat or puncture them. Many tire care products also exist that both increase the lifespan of the rubber as well as give it a much better look, and while the jury may still be out on their efficacy and effectiveness, the fact is that without maintenance, you won’t get as many miles out of your set of tires as you would with good maintenance. And that means keeping them filled with the right pressure of air, having them regularly inspected, never overloading your car with either passengers or luggage, and getting them mended as soon as you get a flat. If you aren’t able to do it, be prepared to cough up the amount for a new set of tires pretty quickly. 

  1. Driving habits

More mature and elder drivers won’t be able to relate to this, but burnouts and drift can cause tires to wear out rapidly. To the point where a fresh set of tires can be rendered useless after a couple of spirited rips of drifts or burnouts. While not all of us subscribe to the hooligan school of driving, this does mean one thing for tire health and treadwear: driving habits will determine just how much long are you able to use your tires. Drive fast and brake hard and not just your car will start showing its age, but the first sign that you have been driving rashly will be the tires. On the other hand, driving moderately and at a reasonable speed will allow you to crunch more miles out of the same set of tires, and this means that you will be able to get more out of your tires, increasing the mileage between tire changes. 

Signs you need a fresh set of tires

If it has been a considerable time period since your last tire change and you are unsure whether you need a fresh set of tires or not, here are some signs that will help you determine whether new tires are needed or not. 

  1. Frequent traction/ grip loss

Tires are primarily gauged by their ability to provide traction and grip, and while modern cars have dashboard warning lights for traction control, the driver can also sense when the car isn’t hugging the road as it is supposed to. This is primarily due to the tires with a worn-out tread. Should your traction control light engage frequently of if you notice excessive loss of grip, it might be time to get your car some new shoes. And by shoes, we mean tires.

  1. Loss of air pressure

Modern cars also come with tire air pressure sensors that let you know when a tire needs a fill up. Or, if your car doesn’t have sensors, you can always tell by rolling resistance of the tires or if the entire car sags in one direction. If your tires do lose air pressure regularly or your sensors detect abnormal air pressure, it might be time to get your tires checked and prepare yourself and the car for a fresh, new set of tires. 

Magnum Autoclub: tire replacement in Vaughan done right!

Magnum Autoclub provides excellent tire maintenance services that ensure optimal performance throughout the year. Whether its tire changing, tire maintenance or tire rotation, we make sure your wheels get the best service and treatment, and so, you, your car and the traffic is safe from any mishaps, and you enjoy the full performance of your tires. Whether its hard acceleration or hard breaking, tires under Magnum’s care won’t ever give up on you, and that’s the Magnum guarantee. 

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