How Long Do Tires Last?

Excellent question! There’s a simple answer and a more realistic answer. In general, new tires last around 60,000 miles, so if the average driver drives 15,000 miles a year, they’ll last roughly four years. But the more realistic answer depends on several factors.

First let’s lay down some basic facts. All tires wear down as you drive on them. Treadwear defines how fast they wear down. To measure this, we take tread depth measurements. As a tire wears down, it’s tread depth decreases. As that happens, the ability to stop on wet roads decreases. The more worn your tires, the longer it’ll take you to stop plus the more likely you are to hydroplane.

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Now let’s review how we can make our tires last as long as possible. Tire lifespan first really depends on the tire. The higher quality tires are designed to last longer. If you’ve kept up with us here at, you’ll know that we only recommend these high quality tires. There are reasons for that and one of them is treadwear, or how long they last. When you enter in your vehicle information, you’ll see that many of the tires we recommend even have treadwear guarantees.

The next obvious way is to not drive on them so much: car pool to work or take public transportation. I love to drive, though, so I’m really not going to take any of that advice. (I’m always honest with you.) But what I will do is try to combine trips. Smartphones can make that much easier to do!

Take care of your tires! Make sure they’re properly inflated. Underinflated tires will wear out faster. If you check your tires every month, you can help ensure they’re inflated properly to get the most out of them, because for every 10°F change in temperature, the air pressure of your tires can change by 1 psi, or pound per square inch. You’ll improve your fuel economy, too. Tire rotation is also crucial to help ensure that your tires wear down at the same rate.

I also use winter tires. They’re designed specifically to give me the safest grip in temperatures under 45°F and while they are on, my all-season tires get a rest, maximizing their life.

So there you have it. Some ways to help your tires last longer. What do you to keep your tire’s lifespan long and healthy?