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For many years, the only way to determine if tires needed to be replaced was the use the ‘penny test’, which involves sticking a penny (or a quarter) into the tread of a tire. If you can see the head of the person on the penny, your tires are too worn and the treads are too shallow, meaning that the tread depth is less than 2/32 of an inch and it’s time to replace your tires. If the top of the head on the penny is covered, it means that the treads in your tire are deep enough to continue the use of the tire and that you’ll have some time before you need to replace them. While this is a good way to tell if your tires are too worn to continue using, that’s not the only reason you might need to swap out your old tires for a brand-new set.

How Long Do Tires Last? - Midway Nissan in Whitby

How Long Do Tires Last?

As a general rule of thumb, the tires on a vehicle you drive fairly often will likely last you about 3 to 5 years or approximately 75 000 – 100 000 km. The shelf life of a tire will majorly depend on how often the car is driven. The less often a vehicle is driven, the longer its tires will last. All tires expire eventually, which is why our Service Departments recommend replacing all tires once they get too old (even if they haven’t already been replaced, aren’t fully worn down, the tire is a spare, or the tires are in storage), if they haven't already been replaced for another reason. This is because as the tire gets older, the rubber starts to crack and cause parts of the tire to separate from each other.

How Long Do Tires Last? - Midway Nissan in Whitby

With that being said, there’s no exact way to tell how long a tire is going to last since it almost completely depends on environmental and other external factors. This can include climate, driving habits, road conditions, and tire maintenance. For example, if you drive in extreme temperatures, speed on damaged roads, and neglect tire maintenance, your tires likely won’t last as long as the average tire would.

What to do With Old Tires?

In most places, your local garbage collector won’t take your old tires, since they contain spikes that may puncture the ground of a landfill. This means that you may end up stuck with your old tires once you get a new set. At Midway Nissan, we accept any old or used tires that are brought to us, free of charge. We work with Durham Region to either reuse, recycle, or dispose of old tires in an environmentally friendly way.

How Long Do Tires Last? - Midway Nissan in Whitby

Midway Nissan in Whitby has a massive selection of tires for our customers to choose from, and stock tons of brands including BF Goodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Firestone, General Tire, Gislaved, Goodyear, Hankook, Kelly Tires, Michelin, Toyo Tires, Uniroyal and Yokohama Tires. We offer tires for a wide range of makes and models (including ones that we don’t sell) and even store your tires in the off-season. Our tire store allows you to search for tires based on your vehicle’s make and model to help ensure that you’re getting the perfect set of tires. If you have any questions, please contact our service team at 905-668-6828