Rotate regularly. For even wear, tires should be rotated as specified in the owner’s manual or new-tire warranty guidelines, usually every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.
Skip the donuts. If you like to squeal your tires on takeoff and grind them on curves, what you’re hearing is rubber getting left on the road. If you want your tires to last, take it easy, especially on bad roads, and try to avoid potholes and broken pavement.
Don’t go bald. Tread depth is measured from the top of the tread to the deepest groove. Tread-wear bars at the bottom of the groove appear flush with the tread when there’s 2⁄32 inch remaining. That’s when the tire is legally worn out in most places. But we recommend shopping well before then, when 4⁄32 inch remains. A quarter inserted upside down in a tread groove can serve as a gauge. If the top of Washington’s head is visible above the tread, it’s time to shop for tires.
Quick change. The extra slits and pliable rubber that make winter tires so exemplary at handling ice and snow are the same things that make them wear down more quickly on cleared roads. Be sure to remove winter tires as soon as the threat of inclement weather passes so that you can get as many winters out of those tires as possible.