By Denna Bowman
The experts at Which? Car have just released the results of their latest car tyre tests, revealing an alarming disparity between the best and worst products.
Of the 119 different car tyres on test, 38 were awarded Best Buy status for their good grip, low rolling resistance and lack of annoying road noise. However, 13 had such poor grip, handling or braking that our experts were forced to brand them Don’t Buys.
One of the tyres Which? Car put through its paces was so bad at braking in the wet that it travelled nearly 20m further than the best tyre on test. That could be the difference between stopping safely and ploughing into a high-speed accident.
Claire Evans, deputy editor of Which? Car, said: “All the car tyres we tested meet the minimum legal standards for safety, but the difference between the best and worst products is incredible – and could make the difference between crashing and staying safe.
‘For this reason, we always suggest drivers research what’s available before handing over the cash for a new set of tyres.’
The Which? Car guide to car tyres features detailed reviews of individual tyres (including guide prices) and a list of our top six car tyre brands.
It rated 18 tyre makers and considered the factors most crucial to every user – grip and handling in the most extreme of wet conditions and on dry tarmac and concrete. The tests also investigated what happened on the straight and in a series of severe bends.
The top six brands were Continental in first place, followed by Michelin, Bridgestone, Uniroyal, Goodyear and Pirelli.