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How Often Should Tires be Changed?

How often you need to change your tires is most often a question of miles, not time. Typical tire wear is subject to how well the car and tires are maintained. Tires usually last between 25,000 and 50,000 miles.

At Victor’s Tires and Custom Wheels, we feel it is essential for drivers to understand tire production and what causes tires to wear out. Knowing these things gives you a better understanding of how long a tire will last. The tire tread, meaning the ridges outside the tire, provides traction on the road surface. As the tread wears down, it offers less and less traction.

When the tire tread wears down to the point where it will begin to lose its grip on the road, it is time to change the tire. Typically this is when there is 1/16- inch of tread left. When a tire reaches this point, the tread will be even with the “wear indicators,” the little rubber bars that run perpendicular to the tread. Another time-tested way to know if a tire needs replacing is by inserting a penny upside down into the grooves between the tread pattern. If the top of President Lincoln’s head is visible, it is time to change the tire. If you doubt the safety of your tires’ treads, stop by Victor’s Tires and Custom Wheels and let us take a look. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Tire tread life is also affected by how well the tires and the vehicle are maintained. Wheels that are out of alignment will typically cause a tire to wear unevenly and wear out prematurely. A tire that does not maintain the proper inflation pressure will also wear out before its time. It is also essential to know that the tire’s rubber can break down over time, even if the vehicle is stationary. Breakdown of the rubber in a tire happens through the oxidative process and exposure to UV rays from the sun. You can reduce damage by applying a tire protectant dressing and covering your tires when your vehicle is in storage over long periods. Protecting the tires is especially crucial for tires used only part of the year, like those on RVs, boat trailers, and vehicles driven only occasionally or seasonally.

Do I Need Winter or Summer Tires?

This question depends on where you live. If you live where it doesn’t typically snow, there is no need to have a winter, or “snow,” tire. If drivers live in areas that see light-to-moderate snowfall, an all-season radial tire is an acceptable choice. All-season tires handle both summer and winter driving conditions and keep you from changing tires back and forth as the seasons change. However, there is no substitute for a good winter tire for drivers who live in areas of heavy snowfall.

Some drivers think it saves money by just leaving their winter tires on all year; however, we find this typically ends up costing our customers more money in the long run. Winter tires contain a more flexible rubber compound than a summer tire, allowing for increased traction on snow and ice. This more supple compound makes the tire best suited to operate in temperatures under 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Running a winter tire in the summer heat will cause the tire to break down and wear out much more quickly. Even though it only snows a few months a year in Utah, winter tires can benefit users through added traction, safety, and reliability. Stop by Victor’s Tires and Custom Wheels, and we’ll help you find the seasonal tire that is perfect for your vehicle.

Do You Need Purchase Options?

Even though Victor’s Tires and Custom Wheels offers some of the best pricing on tires in Salt Lake City and the surrounding area, we know tires aren’t cheap, and you always seem to need them at the most financially inopportune time. Because new tires can be a financial burden, we offer financing options, through SNAP Finance. As well as a lease-to-own option through Progressive Leasing, to help ease the unexpected strain. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill out a simple application in the store or online, and approval is instantaneous. Whether you want to pay in installments or have another payment option available to you, our financing partners will help get you back on the road quickly and painlessly.

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