By Alex Kapadia
A new free app has been launched to help motorists take advantage of the EU tyre labelling legislation which comes into effect on 1st November.
Lanxess created the unique app which shows motorists exactly how much money, fuel and carbon different tyres can save them based on the car they drive, their annual mileage, and their driving style.
A study by the tyre chemical supplier revealed that 77 per cent of drivers underestimate fuel savings offered by green tyres.
To combat this lack of understanding and to help motorists take advantage of the incoming changes, Lanxess has launched the app for smartphones, tablets and web-enabled PCs.
Based on scientific research from the University of Munich, the app asks for information from the motorist about the car they drive (to establish fuel consumption), their annual mileage, the current price of petrol, their driving style and the category of their existing tyres according to the labelling system.
It then calculates the exact savings per year and delivers that information clearly, and simply in pounds (financial savings), litres (fuel savings) and Kg (carbon savings) on a single screen.
The app also uses this information to calculate the time and miles required to recoup the additional cost of the green tyres, providing yet more information on which to base purchasing decisions.
It demonstrates that changing tyres could save around £200 per year in petrol cost and 350kg of carbon emissions if your annual mileage is 10,000 miles, your car averages 35 mpg and the price of fuel is approximately £1.30 per litre.
Lanxess also unveiled a new website – www.green-tyres.org.uk – which provides quick access to independent information on tyre labelling and the benefits of the latest green tyres that are hitting the market.
The free Lanxess app is available from both the Apple Appstore, and from app.green-tyres.org.uk.