Breaking In New Tires: What to Know

We think one of the best feelings in the world is driving on fresh tires. Whether you're pulling out of your driveway after installing the new tires you bought online or you're pulling away from the tire store, there are a couple things to know other than simply taking it easy for the first 500 miles.

Everyday tire break in

When it comes to your everyday tires – all-season tires, passenger tires, touring tires and even truck and SUV tires, this is largely a matter of safety. It's true that each tire (no matter the type) has a little bit of lubricant on it from the manufacturing process. The big difference here is that judging solely by the utility of these types of tires, you're probably not driving with any kind of sportiness or aggression in mind.

A common risk is the difference in the general feeling and familiarity you may have developed for your vehicle's handling on your old set of tires. With the brand new rubber may come a little more slipperiness when you go to merge with traffic on the freeway, especially so with rain or wet conditions at play while these lubricants work their way out of the new tires.

Performance tire break in tips

We know the urge to dump the clutch and burn fresh tire marks into your favorite straightaway is going to be strong when you get new tires for your sports car.

But what if we told you this is actually the worst thing you can do when breaking in your new competition, performance or summer tires?

While it's true that lower tread depth on a tire has some benefits for overall handling responsiveness, there are better (and safer) ways to get your new tires up to snuff, such as heat cycling.

If straight-off the tire rack performance is important to you, heat cycling may be worth consideration rather than intentionally wearing brand new tires down.

Off-road tire break in tips

Off-road tires tend to go on heavier vehicles, and while city driving may present a small difference in overall grip there's still plenty of incentive to use caution while out on the trail when you're on brand new tires.

Especially if the terrain is full of large rocks that might otherwise cause a slick surface as you creep over them, you'll want to break in your all-terrain and mud tires a little bit on the streets in order to give the lubricants that tires are produced with a chance to wear off before putting them through the wringer off-road.

All in all, you're looking at about two weeks of driving before your tires are pretty much broken in.

Just like a new pair of hiking boots, you wouldn't want to go on a long or strenuous hike without breaking them in for optimal comfort and feel. The same can be said of your new tires. And doing so will allow your investment to safely last you for many miles to come.

Any other questions about breaking in your new tires, please give us a call at 800-589-6789.