This article on tire mileage is the 4th (of 6) in the LETMAP series. When considering which tires to buy, most people think about price and tread wear. Knowing this, tire dealers promote their brands by placing a high emphasis on both criteria. But you might be surprised that some of the tire with the longest lasting tread are not necessarily the most expensive.  Let’s dive into tire mileage a little deeper.

The expected mileage of a tire is directly connected to the type and amount of tread it has. The purpose of that tread is to provide grip on the driving surface, and to vacate water when it rains. In order to ensure that your tires don’t wear out too quickly, take note of the mileage when you replace your tires, and check them every month.

Tire mileage is affected by a number of factors. Among them are the type of tire, condition of the vehicle, the roads you travel on, how you drive and your tire inflation.

With proper vehicle and tire maintenance, you should expect to go 50,000 to 70,000 miles on a typical set of all-season tires. However, that is just an average estimate, and expected mileage changes with different types of tires.  It’s important to know what your tire manufacturer warranties your tire milage to be.

If you are using higher performance all-season tires, you can expect the mileage of the tread to reduce. The higher the performance, the lower the expected mileage of the tread.  Touring all-season tires typically get 50,000 to 60,000 miles.

There are, of course, many different type of tires. From off-road to track, to the compact spare you probably have in the trunk of your car. Each one comes with a specific manufacturers warranty, and so we encourage you to not only note the mileage when you purchase the tire, but check the mileage used each and every month. When you draw near to the end of the expected mileage for your tires, we suggest that you take it to your tire professional for a detailed assessment.

In our next article, we will discuss the age of your tires, which also has much to do with your overall safety.