With spring in the air and april showers on the horizon, motorists must be extra careful if they are driving on cheap car tyres.
They may seem like a bargain when you’re buying them, but an alarming survey has revealed that budget tyres from the Far East could seriously hinder the way cars perform on wet roads.
Leading car magazine Autocar pitted five budget brand tyres Linglong, GT Radial, Triangle, Nankang, and Wanli – against a premium Continental tyre in a series of rigorous tests.
Autocar senior tester Jamie Corstophine commented: ‘We expected the bargain tyres in this test to fall short of the Continental, but we were not prepared for just how poorly some performed.
‘Having seen how the five cut-price tyres in this test perform, we’re in no doubt that quality pays dividends.’
Braking from 50mph, the Continental stopped in the shortest distance, followed by the Nankang, GT Radial, Wanli, and Triangle, with the Linglongs taking the longest to stop. When using the Linglong tyres, the test car was still doing 27.8mph at the point where it had stopped on the Continentals.
One fifth of tyres sold in the UK are imported from Taiwan and China and although they pass tests for speed, there are no statutory tests for braking or aquaplaning – driving in wet conditions.
However, low price tyres doesn’t have to mean cheap products for etyres customers. We operate a mobile fitting service which means we don’t have expensive depots to run so our overheads are low. We recycle our savings into cheap prices for customers – up to 40% lower than the leading high street depots.
Denna Bowman, Head Office