When Should I Change My Tires?

Proper tire replacement is quite important. Tires are the actual system that attaches your vehicle to the road and you need them in the very best condition. Worn out tires can cause decreased stopping and handling capacity, and in severe cases can bring about an auto accident. Establishing when you ought to replace your tires truly comes down to four significant elements:

  • Tread of the Tires
  • Weather
  • Life of the Tire
  • Which Car Do You Drive

Tire Tread Depth

Lots of states have regulations specifying that if the tread on your tires is less than 2/32 of an inch, it must be replaced. Tire tread tools can be purchased for only a few dollars, however, even without one you can figure out an excellent approximation of your tread depth and all you need is one penny. Turn the cent so Honest Abe’s head is pointing down and place the penny into your tread. If his head is covered by the tread, your tires are usually still good. If you can see his whole head, it’s time to change them. There is a caution, even if you have more than 2/32 of tread-depth you could still need to replace them.

How to check tire tread life yourself? | Gillman Honda Fort Bend


You have done the tread depth trick and you have more than 2/32 depth left, so you’re good to go, right? Well … perhaps. Depending on where you live you may wish to change your tires long before they wear down to 2/32. If you reside in an exceptionally rainy/snowy part of the country (like the PNW), you require much more tread depth to safely and securely travel slushy roadways. Worn out tires enhance the threat of hydroplaning, so make sure to inspect your tires on a regular basis. Climates with severe cold or extreme warmth will additionally negatively influence your tires. If you stay in one of these environments, check your tires on a regular basis and if you have any inquiries come see us for an expert diagnosis.

Tire Life

How often should you get new tires? This variable could be the hardest one to acknowledge since it can feel like you are getting rid of perfectly fine tires. It’s real, you can have tires with lots of tread depth remaining but could still be required to replace them. Tires will certainly degrade with time and end up being more susceptible to disastrous failure which can cause a crash. It is advised that tires that are five years old ought to be properly examined annually. If the tire is greater than 10 years old, it should be changed despite the condition. Your classic car could have incredibly low miles due to the fact that you just drive it on the weekends, yet it still could need new tires. Luckily, there is a simple way to examine the age of your tires. There is a 4-digit number molded right into every tire that gives the week and year it was made. Our example picture shows that the tire was made in the 44th week of 2016, so it’s about midway through its suggested life expectancy.

How to check car tire manufacturing date? | Gillman Honda Fort Bend

The Specific Vehicle You Own

It may seem crazy, but what car, truck or SUV you drive might mean the difference in replacing one tire vs. changing all four. Let’s say you have a bald tire, and you’ve found the specific new tire to replace it. If the tires on your car, truck, or SUV are new, you can probably get away with replacing just one tire. However, if your tires are older than the new tire will be a various size than the remainder of the tires. This is a problem because the smaller tires now need to work harder to complete the same distance as the bigger tire. Dissimilar tires can create extra wear and tear on parts, specifically on All-Wheel Drive cars. If you have a tire on one axle rotating faster than the others, your automobile’s electronics may think those tires are slipping and could transfer power incorrectly. This might fool your automobile into thinking it’s in unsafe mode and engage a mode not created for permanent driving.

Does the Dealership Replace Tires?

Your dealership will have details guidelines on the maximum tread depth difference for the front and rear tires. While it might be a disappointment to buy 4 brand-new tires it will certainly be cheaper than fixing a transmission.

How Often Should You Replace Your Car Tires? | Gillman Honda Fort Bend

Saved Vehicles ×


You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:


Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact Us ×

(281) 341-2277

Call Now

26029 Southwest Fwy • Rosenberg, TX 77471

Get Directions

Today's Hours:

Open Today! Sales: 9am-8pm

Open Today! Service: 7am-7pm

Open Today! Parts: 7am-7pm

Gillman Honda Fort Bend

26029 Southwest Fwy Rosenberg, TX

Phone: (281) 341-2277



Phone: (832) 361-3813

26029 Southwest Fwy Rosenberg, TX


Phone: (832) 361-3804

26029 Southwest Fwy Rosenberg, TX


Phone: (832) 361-3806

26029 Southwest Fwy Rosenberg, TX
29.5341448 -95.773817
[schema type="organization" orgtype="LocalBusiness" url="www.gillmanhondaftbend.com" name="Gillman Honda Fort Bend" description="" street="26029 Southwest Fwy" city="Rosenberg" state="TX" postalcode="77471" country="US" email="hondaloyalty@teamgillman.com" phone="(281) 341-2277" logo="https://di-uploads-development.dealerinspire.com/gillmanhondaftbend/uploads/2018/03/GillmanHondaOGImage.png"]
Gillman Honda Fort Bend
Gillman Honda Fort Bend
26029 Southwest Fwy
Rosenberg, TX, 77471 US
(281) 341-2277
Gillman Honda Fort Bend 29.5341448, -95.773817.