He's driving on those low friction wet roads
41k is impressive by the way they look, appears a decent amount before getting to the wear marks.
I've not had good luck with tire wear lately on any of our vehicles.
41,000 miles is very impressive! I've never gotten much more than 30,000 miles and I've had Continentals and Michelins then Continentals again. All of them expensive tires...
I recently bought a set of Falken Ziex ZE912 for $99 each plus mounting and balancing at Big O Tires and so far (~4,000 miles) I really like them. They are quiet and smooth with good steering response and seem fine in the rain. I especially liked the price!
Fred, 41K is impressive, but what's more impressive is they still have lots and lots of life left and they are still riding nice and quiet.
Now I'm not sure I would have laid out the cash for them if they didn't also have a good wear rating, but one of my primary concerns when I bought tires was noise. I'd loved the contis (that's what these replaced) when they were new, but halfway through their life (which also was rather meager) they were noisy, noisy, noisy. Ugh.
I've been happy with these tires since day one. Not so much with the tire installation idiots at Sam's Club (stupidly I assumed they might be as on the ball as Costco) but that's not the tires' fault. Again, the only thing that has been less than stellar with them is that they are not all that great on wet roads, but it's just a reminder to slow down more than you think you need to, and I tend to be pretty cautious in the wet anyway. They do everything else very, very well.
Given how much tread is still on them I think there's at least another 25K left in these, maybe even more, before they get so close to the wear bars that I think about replacing them. I don't like them to get too worn, and by then they will be about six years old anyway. Of course living in California the car could get totaled tomorrow the way people drive here, so it's all a crap shoot.
Fred, let me know how the Falkens wear. I've heard too many people complain about them having weird wear patterns and other quality issues. They were on my initial search list, but were not particularly well rated for noise, so they were dropped pretty quickly.