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How often do I need new tires?

Tread life varies significantly from tire to tire. An economy set might last 40,000 miles, about three years for most drivers, while premium all-season tires carry warranties up to 90,000 miles.

Start with a careful inspection for damage—punctures, cuts, scrapes, or bulges. Then, check tread depth:

  • The Quarter Test. A Washington quarter, placed upside down in the tread grooves at several points, is a handy gauge for the safest tread depth of 4/32 inch or more. You’re o.k., by George, if the tread covers part of his head.
  • The Penny Test. To be legal in most states, tires must pass the Lincoln penny test, a minimum tread depth of 2/32 inch. You’re o.k. if the tread covers part of Abe’s head. If not, it’s time to replace your tires. Honest.
  • Wear Bars. Manufacturer’s also place wear bars in the grooves between tire treads. Replace your tires when the treads are flush with the bars.

The Bald Truth

Remember, with bald tires your car takes longer to stop, even on dry pavement. On wet pavement, you might not be able to stop. Here are some tips for buying replacements:

  • A new set of tires will repay you with better control, confidence, and in some cases improved gas mileage. For example, the new Goodyear Assurance® Fuel Max tires save up to 2,600 miles of gas over the life of four tires.* With $3 gas and 26 mpg, that’s $300—enough to buy two new tires.
  • There are as many replacement tires as there are cars, and they vary widely in terms of tread design, performance, and price. Luckily, there are easy ways to get the information you need to make a smart purchase decision, including specifications printed right on the tire.

Select a Tire that Makes the Grade

  • To help consumers compare tires, the federal government requires manufacturers to grade tires in three categories: treadwear rate, traction performance, and temperature resistance.**
  • If your daily commute racks up big mileage, pay special attention to the UTQG treadwear rating printed on the side of your tires. Choose a tire rated 300 or better.
  • If you often drive at highway speeds or tow a boat or trailer, the UTQG temperature rating is important. Overheated tires can cause blowouts. Select an A-rated tire for maximum heat resistance.

Your Tire Experts

  • Tire Warehouse offers complete tire service and a wide variety of name brand tires at the lowest TOTAL price.
  • Every tire sold at Tire Warehouse comes with FREE roadside assistance included in the price!
  • Request an appointment online or stop by at your convenience.  We are open evenings, weekends and most holidays.


* Up to 2,600 miles based on a 4% fuel economy improvement on 65,000-Mile Tread Life Limited Warranty, as compared to the standard Goodyear Assurance P195/65R15 size tire tested on 2008 Honda Civic. Actual results may vary depending on when tires are replaced, driving and road conditions, and proper tire maintenance.


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