When we are suffering from worn-out wheels, our first and short-cut choice would be buying cheap tyres to reduce the cost of buying a premium one. But, have we ever thought of the safety in budget tyres? Yes, it should be because road and personal safety are the most important factors to consider while driving any vehicle. Here, we discuss how economy tyres are safe to buy & use, the points to be noted while buying economy tyres.
It has been implemented in 2012 in Europe that all tyres sold in the European Union must have an “Advice label” (contains the performance of certain criteria) much like in our washing machine, fridge. It mainly rates the tyres for their grip on wet roads, their external rolling noise level, and fuel efficiency. Most of the traits look-alike with other tyres, but meagerly differs like its handling in the dry and its durability.
For fuel economy, the tyre labelling ranges from A to G and a coloured scale is used. The best fuel economy tyre holds ‘A’ – Green colour rating and the worst mpg have a ‘G’ – Red colour rating.
For wet grip, the tyre labelling ranges from again A to G and the rating shows stopping distances in the rainy weather. 2.5 meters is the distance between each letter and in 18 meters an ‘A’ rated tyre will come to a stop before an ‘F’ rated tyre in the wet.
For noise, the tyre labelling is made up of three ‘Sound wave’ bars. Black-coloured bars or the overall decibel rating is given in large white numbers. One black bar indicates the tyre is 3 dB or more below future EU legislation, 2 black bars for tyre means the perfect for current and future legislation and 3 black bars denote tyre is a perfect fit for present and failed for future legislation.
When you watch big tyre companies like Goodyear, Bridgestone, Michelin, Continental, they spend billions of pounds every year for developing tyres. Since the tyre market is highly competitive these companies continuously push to design new tyres with the latest technologies. However, all these activities in research and development certainly consume time and resources so these tyres obviously cost more money. Landsail is a new name in the UK tyre market but emerged from its Chinese parent company, Sentury tyres. This fast-growing tyre sells in the key parts of the UK. Most of the Vans, SUVs and Cars use Landsail tyres and the company makes winter version for all the vehicles. Just see how parallelly both luxury and economy tyres reach the same place among customers though the price varies hugely.
Don’t ignore unknown names
Am sure, if you reach the nearest fast-fit centre, you won’t be left with the least choices. You may see a heap of tyres from different countries and you may even never be heard of those names. The best examples we may take for economy tyres such as Maxxis from Taiwan, Runway from Singapore, and Lassa from Turkey. Often, big companies represent cheaper alternative tyres from companies you might know the names of. Say for example as to how Skoda uses the same technology as Volkswagen and Lassa are produced alongside Bridgestone.
So, looking to overall results it is clear that there is no direct link between the tyre price and its quality. The stopping distances and regular tests may seem to have slight variations. In some cases, we may experience the economy tyres Manchester beating premium. To buy such tyres, don't forget to check out our collection, at Manchester Tyre Sevices.