How Often Do I Need New Tires?
When to buy new tires is a balance between safety and economy. You want to get as many miles as possible out of your tires. Yet, consumer research shows there is a difference between “legal” tires and tires that handle well, particularly on wet pavement. We recommend you start shopping for tires when the tread wears to 4/32 inch.
- The Quarter Test. Is the new standard qauge for safe tread depth. Place a Washington Quarter upside down into the tread grooves at several points. You’re o.k., by George, if the tread covers or at least touches the top of his head, about 4/32 inch. This gives you an extra margin of safety compared to the penny test.
- The Penny Test. To be legal in most states, tires must pass the Lincoln penny test, a minimum tread depth of 2/32 inch. You’re o.k. if the tread covers part of Abe’s head. If not, it’s time to replace your tires. Honest.
- Wear Bars. Manufacturers also place wear bars in the grooves between tire treads. Replace your tires when the treads are flush with the bars.
The Bald Truth
Remember, with bald tires your car takes longer to stop, even on dry pavement. On wet pavement, you might not be able to stop in time to avoid an accident. Here are some buying tips:
- A new set of tires will repay you with better control, confidence, and in some cases improved gas mileage. For example, the new Goodyear Assurance® Fuel Max tires save up to 2,600 miles worth of gas over the life of four tires.* With $3 gas and 26 mpg, that’s $300—enough to buy two new tires.
- There are as many replacement tires as there are cars, and they vary widely in terms of tread design, performance, and price. The pros at Monro can help you select the right tire for your vehicle, including answering the question about the specifications that are molded into the sidewall of the tire.
Select a Tire That Makes the Grade
- To help consumers compare tires, the federal government requires manufacturers to grade tires in three categories: treadwear rate, traction performance, and temperature resistance.**
- If your daily commute racks up big mileage, pay special attention to the UTQG treadwear rating printed on the side of your tires. Choose a tire rated 300 or better.
- If you often drive at highway speeds or tow a boat or trailer, the UTQG temperature rating is important. Overheated tires can cause blowouts. Select an A-rated tire.
Your Tire Experts
- Monro sells all major tire brands at the lowest TOTAL tire price. Many stores carry an extended inventory of tires for your drive-in convenience.
- Request an appointment online. We're open evenings, Saturdays and Sundays, and most holidays.
*Up to 2,600 miles based on a 4% fuel economy improvement on 65,000-Mile Tread Life Limited Warranty, as compared to the standard Goodyear Assurance P195/65R15 size tire tested on 2008 Honda Civic. Actual results may vary depending on when tires are replaced, driving and road conditions, and proper tire maintenance.