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Tires are an important and fundamental part of your car. Several factors go into when you should have your tires changed, such as the tire's overall design, the climate of your area, road conditions, how often you care for your tires, and your driving habits. The absolute maximum amount of time you should have the same tires is about 10 years after the tires' date of manufacture, but drivers should have tires regularly inspected after the five-year mark.
Tires can be damaged by many things. One of these is obviously the natural progression of wear and tear that comes with age. Road conditions like potholes, curbs, and speed bumps will also shorten the life and mileage of your tires, in addition to driving habits like quick stops, speeding, or driving on damaged roads. Extreme temperatures also have an effect as well as driving through chemicals like oil and grease. Last but not least, improper maintenance definitely has a major and lasting effect on the life of your tires.
You should keep all of these things in mind when considering whether or not you should change your tires. It is crucial for you to be mentally aware of your vehicle and have it inspected if you notice any changes in its handling. Often, when parts of your tires begin to wear down, you will be able to “feel” the difference while you are driving. Uneven tread wear, shallow tread, and other damage may be a sign that you need to move on to a new set of tires.
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