The average life of a tyre is determined by the conditions a tyre is exposed to throughout its life. Temperature changes, sun exposure, storage conditions, usage, and maintenance schedules all contribute to the rate at which a tyre ages.
It is impossible to determine a tyre’s exact life expectancy, because there is no way to account for the level of influence any one of these factors may have on a tyre. However, you can defer to the vehicle and tyre manufacturers replacement recommendations:
Vehicle manufacturers recommend tyre replacement at 6 years
Tyre manufacturers’ warranties expire at 6 years
Tyre manufacturers recommend replacement at 10 years, regardless of tread depth
In order to ensure maximum tyre life, it is important to have your tyre maintenance performed regularly. Follow these steps to improve the life of your tyres:
Check your tyre inflation pressure every 5,000 kilometres. This will not only extend the life of your tyres but also help with vehicle handling, acceleration/deceleration and fuel efficiency.
Rotate your tyres every 10,000 – 12,000 kilometres to promote even tread-wear.
Get your wheel alignment checked, as specified in your vehicle’s owner’s manual, or if you begin to feel the vehicle “pull” to any one side or the other.
Check your tyres regularly for any road debris or damage.
Inspect your tyres for any irregularities in tread-wear, as these could indicate problems with your vehicles alignment or inflation.
Be sure not to exceed a tyre’s maximum load capacity, as this puts excessive pressure on your tires.