Determining the Age Of Your Tires
We often overlook how vital maintenance is for our vehicles, especially when it comes to our tires. Much like the oil in our engines, tires also age with time and the quality in their grip decreases as well. This proves to be dangerous, especially during rainy weather where you run the risk of hydroplaning, or when the ground gets icy during the winter. Take a look below to find out more about how tires age over time, and what you can do to extend their lifespan before you have to replace them.
How Tires Age
Tires are mainly composed of rubber, meaning they stretch and crack over time after regular wear-and-tear. The cracks start appearing on the surface before reaching the inside of the tire. Once the cracking begins, it can eventually cause the steel belts in the tread to tear from the rest of the tire and possibly rip off the rim entirely. Other factors that could accelerate the ageing process include improper maintenance and excessive heat.
The Lifespan of Tires
While there’s no official way to put a date on when tires typically expire, there are many factors that contribute to them ageing faster, such as heat and storage. As mentioned earlier, tires age quicker in warmer climates, especially in coastal areas of the country. If you switch between winter and summer tires, and every six months, you’ll find that your tires will age slowly because you won’t wear them out as quickly.
When to Replace Your Tires
The general rule of thumb, widely used for determining tire tread quality, comes from the “penny test”, where if the penny sticks out from the tread, then it’s time to replace it. However, we at Alberta Honda recommend replacing your tires every 3-4 years to ensure you’re driving safely on the Edmonton roads, especially considering how icy they get during the winter season.
Extending Your Tire Lifespan
Before you have to spend money to replace your tires, there’s still plenty of things you can do to prolong the lifespan of your current set. For starters, getting your tires rotated and aligned whenever you take your car for regular maintenance, as well as maintaining proper tire pressure, helps ensure they wear out evenly over time.
Otherwise, if you need a brand-new set of tires, make sure to book an appointment with our service department today.