Regularly checking the wear of your tyres is important for both safety and legal reasons. Driving with worn tyres will decrease the amount of grip they provide and if the tyre treads are below a certain depth from wearing out then it’s illegal to drive on them altogether!
A question we’ve been asked before is do all tyres wear out at the same rate or do the front or back tyres wear faster? This is a great question and should be taken into consideration when checking your tyres for wear.
Generally the front pair of tyres will wear out faster, this is due to several reasons:
1) The front wheels perform the steering of the vehicle and therefore move much more than the rear tyres, every time you turn the steering wheel the front tyres will generate more friction as they rotate against the road.
2) The front wheels generally take more impacts than the rear tyres. Hazards such as potholes, debris on the road and hitting kerbs will again cause them to degrade faster and make them more susceptible to punctures if they’re not in a good condition.
3) The front wheels also carry the majority of the load of the vehicle. There is a lot of weight from the engine, braking force load etc. which will cause more wear on these front tyres than the rears.
How can I prolong the life of my tyres?
The best way to reduce uneven wear between the front and rear pairs of tyres is to rotate your tyres every 6 months or 6,000 miles. By swapping the front and rear tyres you help to keep the wear on all of them even and should also help get the most life from your tyres as possible!
There are several methods for deciding how tyres should be rotated so if you’re like to learn more or book a tyre rotation call Tyred and Exhausted Aylesbury today on 01296 432552 and our expert and friendly team will be happy to assist you!