Motorhome owners are being encouraged to embrace the new tyre labelling system if they want to improve the amount of miles they get from each tank of petrol and possibly reduce their motorhome insurance premiums by avoiding collisions.
Just 5 days into the new tyre labelling system tyre manufacturers are urging motorhome drivers to use the information given out on the label of each set of new tyres to identify the ones that suit them best, improve their vehicles safety, and reduce their motoring costs.
With tyres now labelled from A-G with A tyres being the best and G tyres the least efficient, tyre manufacturers believe motorists should recognise that spending more money on a set of new tyres will, in the long run, benefit them in many ways.
Tests on the track at the Millbrook Proving Ground showed the braking difference on a wet road surface at 50 mph between a Volvo with a new set of A tyres and a Volvo with a new set of G rated tyres. Amazingly the Volvo fitted with the A rated tyres stopped a full 16 metres earlier than the other vehicle, approximately the length of an articulated truck with trailer.
Christopher Kalla, head of research and development for rubber products at Lanxess, was not at all surprised in the difference in stopping distances and said that in some circumstances A rated tyres can stop in half the distance of the bottom rated G tyres. He explained: “The consumer needs to be aware of this. It’s amazing how much money people are prepared to pay for airbags, yet they don’t want to spend money on tyres that can shave off up to 18 metres on their braking distance. Importantly some 20-30% of the fuel consumption of a car can be attributed to the tyres that make up the interface between the car and the road, hence, reducing a tyre’s rolling resistance is a relatively simple way of reducing fuel consumption.”
If Mr Kalla’s assumptions are true this means motorhome drivers could avoid filling their tanks every fifth time of asking if they go for A instead of G, which would more than cover the extra amount of cash paid up front for the set of tyres.