Have you ever asked yourself “Why to use premium tires when budget tyres would do the work at fraction of the cost”? To highlight the issue, we recently did an experiment with two identical Volkswagen Passat vehicles wearing the same size tyre, with the same tyre pressure and tread depth. The only difference was, one was equipped with Premium Primacy 3ST and the other with budget tyre Accelere Alpha. Immediately the difference in the performance was visible. The car equipped with budget had less grip, vague steering and had very little traction on the wet surface. The view that Premium tyres are supreme is shared by leading automobile companies and that’s why they place their millions of dollars in R&D and testing of new tyre technologies.
Better Grip and handling: Long-term saving aside, Premium tyres are safer than other budget alternatives. The sole purpose of putting years of research & hard work is to create a gap wide enough to differentiate on the basis of on-road performance. They have deeper functioning treads which are great for long rides. They are less loud than budget tyres which helps in providing a smooth ride. In a tropical region like India, where weather changes on every 500 kilometers and road seem to be dry more often than they’re wet. When a vehicle is traveling too fast on a wet road and tyres are not able to maintain grip due to water, hydroplaning may occur. Hydroplaning is a loss of traction on the front tyres due to the wet surface which leads to skidding over the surface of water resulting in loss of control. Temperature also plays a big role in braking distances and handling. Premium tyres have been proven to have shorter stopping distance in both the conditions. For example, Bridgestone Potenza G-III has a high rating for wet grip and also outclasses most budget tyres in dry conditions.
Increased Tyre life: Premium tyre makers have put in years of research & development along with superior material to increase the life of their products. They have invested massively in designing a cutting-edge product that leads the field in performance. They use superior quality material which lasts much longer than budget alternatives. One example is Pirelli Scorpion STR tubeless tyre, which has components to ensure that tyre’s performance is top notch throughout its lifetime & you need to replace them less often. Premium tyres are the real money saver in the longer run.
Fuel efficiency: The key difference between budget & premium tyres is its rolling resistance. The rules of physics state that stationary objects require energy to move. The more resistance your tyres has to get moving, the more fuel it will burn. Rolling resistance is the friction your tyre create when they move along the road surface. Premium helps in the increasing the fuel efficiency due to its low rolling resistance, lower weight & aerodynamic design. Premium tyres are much better than regular tyres. They are safer, reacts faster, steer better and stands less chance of blowing out on a long drive. They work efficiently with ABS systems and vehicle’s sensitive steering and suspension systems. In case of premium tyres, the old adage “You get what you pay for” certainly holds true.