By Oliver Hall
Motorists are putting their lives at risk when they buy cheap tyres from the Far East, according to research for a leading car magazine.
Vehicle owners may save a few pounds by buying budget brand tyres, but they could pay a heavy price when the rubber underperforms on the roads, claimed the report in Auto Express.
Independent braking tests showed Chinese-made Runways stopped an alarming 40 metres further than the best performing brand in dry conditions. It was also worst rated for wet braking, handling and cornering.
While the £51 Taiwan Maxxis, second last, was slated for poor turning in tests of the UK’s 12 best selling tyres by Auto Express.
Nick Gibb, the magazine’s news editor, said: “This proves you really do take a big risk when you opt to save cash with budget tyres.
“It’s easy to see why drivers buy them – but it’s a false economy.”
Drivers can save money when they buy new tyres by shopping online to get the best deals.
etyres, the UK’s leading online tyre company, operates a free mobile fitting, which means its overheads are low and it passes savings on to the consumer, with prices up to 40% cheaper than the leading high street tyre depots.