Learning Center / Breaking in Your New Tires


We have all heard it before. Whenever you buy a new car, you are supposed to take it easy for the first 500 miles and try to avoid long stints on the highway. This is partly because you do not want to put a lot of immediate strain on the engine and transmission. The tires are also another reason you should take it easy for the first 500 miles.

Why You Need to Take It Easy

When tire manufactures produce tires, they need to spray the inside of the molds with some form of lubrication, otherwise they would not be able to remove the tires from the mold. Even after completely drying the tires, the residue from the lubricant remains on the tire. This lubricant is designed to greatly reduce or eliminate any type of friction that the tire has from the mold. This means that your tires are also unable to grip the road properly.

Taking the first 500 miles easy on your new tires will allow it to wear off without risking the safety of the vehicle occupants, or causing the vehicle to spin out of control and cause an accident. It does not matter if the car is brand new or 20 years old; when you get new tires, you have to take it easy for the first 500 miles.

Why Does My Car Drive Differently with New Tires

A lot of people will notice that their car or truck drives differently once they get new tires. The two most common reasons for this are:

Another reason is, often times, tire manufacturers trying to find a way to make one tire work for several different types of vehicles. If you went for a discounted brand of tire, you are going to notice a difference in performance (good or bad), regardless.

Other Effects of New Tires That Should Be Noted

One of the other major changes to your vehicle that you will notice right off the bat is that your gas mileage will drop. Ever notice how about 6 months or so after you purchase a new car, the mileage you get starts going up? That is because your tires are properly broken in. The deeper your tread, the more resistance is placed on the road, which causes deceleration. As the tire tread wears down, less resistance is generated, thus increasing how long your car can maintain speeds. This means less fuel consumption to maintain travel speeds, increasing your mileage.

New tires are about as well liked as bald tires; however, you can’t add more tread to a tire. Once it is used up, it’s gone. Replacing your tires will help begin the process anew. Properly breaking in your tires will help you get to that sweet spot, where you get better handling, control, grip and mileage.