How often should I change my car tires?

Your vehicle's tires are essential to accident avoidance. When your tires are new and fresh, they're more capable of gripping the road, which improves your ability to stop, accelerate and swerve around obstacles. When your tires are old and worn out, they're more likely to slip and slide, which could result in a serious accident.

We all use our vehicles in different ways, on different road conditions. Some of us drive many miles every day, and others only drive a few times a week. As such, it's difficult to say an exact time when you should change your tires, but we can offer drivers a few guidelines in the area of how often tires should be changed.

Here are the four factors that determine how often you should change your tires:

The type of car you have: A large, heavy car will wear down tires faster than a small, compact car. Also, if your car has a large engine, it could serve to wear down the tires faster.

The type of tires you have: Tires are usually designed to last between 25,000 and 50,000 miles. Soft tires offer better performance but they have a shorter life. Hard tires last longer but don't perform as well.

The places you drive and how you drive: If you drive on rough roads or bad road conditions, you could wear out your tires faster. If you're a speed demon, if you like to stop on a dime, and you're generally an aggressive driver, your tires will probably wear out a lot faster.

The quality of care you give your tires: When you keep your tires properly inflated, they last longer. When you regularly rotate your tires, they last longer. Your tires will also perform better when you do these kinds of maintenance activities.

The expiration date of the tires: All tires will have an expiration date, when the rubber is no good anymore. If your tires were sitting at the store for a long time, you might receive a discount, but the expiration date could be sooner than you think.

By keeping your tires in good shape, you can prevent car accidents and avoid serious injury. You can also prevent the need to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in the event that your accident was caused by someone else's negligence.

Source: Kelly Blue Book, "How often should I change my tires?," accessed Aug. 04, 2017

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