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How often should you replace your tires

Not sure when to replace your tires? Learn when and how often you should replace your tires with this handy guide.

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How often should you replace your tires

  1. 1. How Often Should You Replace Your Tires?
  2. 2. It’s important to keep your tires in good condition for your personal safety and to prolong the life of your vehicle. And it also may be the law. In some jurisdictions, there are laws in place requiring the replacement of worn tires. In many states, tires are considered to be legally worn out when they have worn down to 1/16″ (1.6mm) of their remaining tread depth. Follow us on Google+
  3. 3. Examine the Tread Pattern Look for tread wears including: • Bridges forming between treads • Bars running across tires • Bars level with tire tread Follow us on Google+
  4. 4. Use the “Penny” Method At the thickest part of the tire, place a penny upside down in the middle of the tread. • Can you see the top of Abraham Lincoln’s head? Tires should be replaced ASAP • If you can partially see the hair on the top of Abe’s head, you’ll need to start thinking about replacing your tires soon. • Can’t see the hair on President Lincoln’s head? You’re good to go. Follow us on Google+
  5. 5. Use a Tread Depth Guage Tread depth guages give you a more accurate, detailed measurement of your tire’s condition. Tread depth guages are simple and easy to use, and can be purchased cheaply from any auto parts store. Follow us on Google+
  6. 6. Typical Tire Replacement: Every 6 Years Depending on your driving habits, mileage, road conditions, etc., you may need to replace sooner than six years. NHTSA recommends this length of time as a standard for drivers as a good rule of thumb. However, always refer to your vehicle owner’s manual. Follow us on Google+
  7. 7. Read More About When to Replace Tires: Read more helpful tips on our blog: Follow us on Google+