Tyre life and age How can you make your tyres last longer?
Running a car is already expensive, so you want to make your money go as far as you can and avoid unexpected bills. Looking after your tyres is a good place to start - you would hope to get a minimum of 20,000 miles out of front tyres on a front-wheel-drive car, and double that for rear tyres although we recommend moving worn rear tyres to the front when the fronts wear out. Tyres have to meet a lot of different, and sometimes conflicting, requirements. Tyres designed for long life are made from harder compounds, but these may make more noise. Tread pattern can affect noise too. Tyres made from softer compounds will give a quieter ride but will wear out more quickly. First fit (original equipment) tyres often last longer than replacements.