How to Make Your Tires Last Longer

February 06, 2024
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After making the big purchase of new tires, you may be interested in knowing how you can make them last as long as possible. Here are our top 8 tips to help make your tires last:

1. Maintain and monitor pressure

If the pressure is wrong in your tires, it can lead to increased stopping distance, increased wear and tear, and increased risk of a blowout. This is why it’s important to check your tire pressure every month, especially during the winter and summer when colder and warmer temperatures can lower and increase the air pressure. [1]

2. Align tires

If you’re noticing your car drifting or pulling to one side while you’re driving, this could mean it’s time to get your tires aligned. This means correcting the subtle tilt in your car’s chamber. It’s recommended to take your car to a professional so they can use specialized equipment to adjust the alignment, often to fractions of an inch. [2]

3. Be cautious while driving

When you’re on the road, make sure to watch out for potholes as they might have sharp rims that can damage your tires. Try also to avoid skidding or peeling out. Speeding up or slowing down very quickly can damage the tread in your tires. Lastly, avoid driving on gravel roads because the sharpness of the gravel can damage your tires. [2]

4. Balance tires

Tires can become unbalanced from typical wear and tear and when driving on uneven roads. If you notice your steering wheel vibrating or shaking when your car gets up to 60 or 70 mph, you may need to take your car in and have your tire balance checked. [3]

5. Rotate tires

It’s recommended to rotate your tires about every 6,000 to 8,000 miles,  depending on your car, to increase their lifespan. Cars wear tires unevenly over time based on numerous factors. You can combat that uneven wearing by rotating the tires as recommended by the manufacturer. [3a]

6. Check the tire tread

Unsure of when to replace your tires? Here’s a tip: Stick a penny (Lincoln’s head side down) into the tread groove of the tire. If the top of Lincoln’s head is visible, it’s time to take your car in and replace the tires. It’s recommended to check this at least once every 2 months. [2]

7. Park the car with care

Scraping the sides of your tires on a curb while parking shortens their life drastically. If you continually bump into curbs while driving or parking, this can wear the sidewalls and shoulders of your tire quickly. [2]

8. Protect and clean tires properly

Cleaning your tires helps prevent the buildup of dirt and grime, which can cause the finish of your wheels to peel or even make the rims more porous. Try and clean your tires twice a month to keep them lasting for years to come. [4]

Tire longevity FAQs

1. How long do tires last?

New tires typically start to degrade about 2 years from their manufacturing date. The life span of the tire depends on the yearly mileage. Typically an all-season tire lasts around 3 to 5 years.

2. When do tires need to be replaced?

If you notice cracks, punctures, uneven tread, or bulges in your tires, it’s time to get them replaced. Any tires older than 6 years need to be replaced due to natural aging.

3. What shortens the life of tires?

Road conditions, the quality of your tires, improper storage, lack of regular maintenance, extreme weather, the age of your tires, and your driving style can all shorten the life of your tires. [5]


It’s important to pay attention to our top 8 tips in order to prolong the life of your tires. Make sure to monitor the air pressure, rotate your tires, drive carefully, and clean your tires properly.

Lastly, make sure you have the right coverage for you and your vehicle. Learn more about how Nationwide auto insurance can help protect you.


[1] “How to: Make Your Tires Last Longer,” (accessed Sept. 25, 2023).

[2] “8 Ways to Make Your Tires Last Longer,”–mysynchrony.html (May 31, 2021).

[3] “3 Easy Ways To Make Your Tires Last Longer,” (accessed Sept. 25, 2023).

[3a] “How to Rotate Tires?,” (accessed December 14, 2023).

[4] “Learn How To Clean Your Tires In 4 Easy Steps,” (March 22, 2021).

[5] “How long should car tires last? An expert tells us how to extend their life,” Jason Collins, (Aug. 15, 2023).


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