How many miles on an SUV tyre?

There are many factors that will affect a tyres overall lifespan.

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Type of tyre

According to the RAC, the average front tyre will last 20,000 miles. Rear tyres could have double the lifespan on a front wheel-drive vehicle. Therefore, it’s clear that the type of tyre you use will be a significant factor in how many miles your tyre can carry on for. However, we recommend that if you have had your tyres for more than five years to get them checked annually by a professional.

Road conditions 

Of course, if you a constantly driving on rough or uneven terrain, your tyres will wear quicker as they will have to work harder. The same applies in differing weather conditions. In the summer, you may find the temperatures causing your tyres to overinflate, while the opposite problem may arise in the winter.

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Driving habits

Upkeep of your vehicle is essential. However, your driving habits can play a big part in how long your tyres stay in good condition. To improve usability of your tyres and to keep the tread compound at a legal level, avoid harsh acceleration and braking as this increases the work your tyres have to do.

It's also important to look after your tyres. The ideal tyre pressure will differ depending on the terrain you are tackling, and this can hugely affect how many miles your SUV tyre can journey for. For example, if you’re road driving, you should refer to your vehicle’s handbook, with the pressure usually somewhere between 30 to 38psi. For rough, gravelly surfaces, drop the tyre pressure slightly by approximately 6psi. Muddy routes require further pressure release depending on exactly how muddy. Somewhere between 22 to 28psi is recommended, but you must tackle the route with caution. Rocky conditions will require a similar pressure level, while off-roading on sand can allow the pressure to drop even further and you’d still have the required traction.

However, be sure to consult your manufacturer for advice on reduced inflation pressures. A tyre has to be designed to run at reduced inflation pressure, as just taking a bit out could lead to it rupturing.

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