As you’d expect, tires are paramount to safety, comfort, and fuel efficiency, so it’s important to check their condition.
Air pressure – 1,000 miles: Every road tripper wants to get the best fuel efficiency, and underinflated tires are guaranteed to waste gas. Conversely, overinflated tires make ride quality worse because they’re less compliant. Incorrect air pressure also causes tires to wear unevenly and need replacement sooner. Be checking tire pressure every 1,000 miles, so depending on the length of your trip, that could be a few times.
Rotation – 5,000 to 8,000 miles: Even if tire pressure is correct, variations in suspension calibration, weight balance, and road conditions make tires wear out at different rates. Because of this, it’s important to periodically rotate tires between different locations on your car. Swapping between the right and left side or front and rear helps tires last longer because they’re each exposed to similar variations. Tire rotations should be completed every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.
Replacement – 25,000 to 50,000 miles: If you think your tires are nearing their expiration date, the penny test is an easy way to check. While tires last anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 miles depending on their type and use, if damage like punctures or sidewall bulges occur, replace them immediately.