rubber roads: Did Chris make a mistake?

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Offline krool1969

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rubber roads: Did Chris make a mistake?
« on: 04/08/2013 15:29:44 »
I think Chris made a small mistake when he estimated the amount of rubber that is worn off of car tires. He stated that the tires would wear out in just one year. This is a huge underestimate. Competitive quality tires typically last for between 50000 and 100000 miles, lets say 60000 miles on average. I've found that I drive about 1000 miles per month (which is average for Americans, don't know the average for Europeans, Asians, Africans Australians... but I'd think it would be a little less in Europe, probably the same for Australian because they have a better public transit in Europe so more people commute by train in Europe. Lets just guess 750 miles per month average in Europe. So tires should last about 5 years in the US and Australia and a little more than 6.6 years in Europe.
  Which makes Chris's estimate about 5-6 and a half times greater than it would be in reality.

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Re: rubber roads: Did Chris make a mistake?
« Reply #1 on: 05/08/2013 09:18:52 »
Agreed. I drive about 25,000 miles per year in the UK and expect modern tyres to last 2 -3 years in the absence of traumatic damage.  UK average driver covers less than half that mileage, so 5 - 6 years should be expected.

Front tyres, particularly on high performance front-drive diesels, don't last as long as rear tyres. Perhaps this tells us something about Chris's driving habits?
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