Got yourself a bargain? Possibly only at first glance. Because the supposedly cheap opportunities really cost money when you take a closer look. Of course, a quality tyre costs more at first. But it also lasts much longer. Special  MICHELIN tyres, for example, have a much higher mileage than models from cheaper categories and can be driven up to the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6 millimetres. This is proven by the annual tyre tests. So if you reach for a cheaper tyre, you initially get a better price, but because of the usual change at three millimetres, you have to buy an additional two new tyres every five years. This means a 40 percent higher tyre budget.
Why pay the full price and then only access part of the service and overburden the environment?
More safety reserves
Furthermore, quality tyres offer more and are safer for longer, even up to the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6 millimetres. For tyre manufacturer Michelin, long-term performance plays a major role in the development of its legendary tyres. Because tyre performance is not just related to tread depth. Premium tyres, such as those from Michelin, among others, are so highly developed that it is quite possible to have a shorter braking distance with them on wet roads at the minimum tread depth of 1.6 millimetres prescribed in the UK than lower-quality tyres at 3 mm. "Even towards the end of their service life, long-term performance tyres have large performance reserves and thus make road traffic safer," says Theres Gosztonyi head of passenger cars at Michelin Europe North.
Good for the environment
Last but not least, MICHELIN tyres with long-term performance contribute significantly to reducing environmental impact. Deliberately, the head of passenger cars at Michelin Europe North asks: "Why pay the full price and then only get part of the performance and put an excessive burden on the environment?" Because in practice, many tyres are replaced much earlier, namely at 3 millimetres of residual tread or earlier. In addition to the costs of buying new tyres, this causes additional fuel consumption as a result of greater rolling resistance and also a greater burden on the environment: if every tyre were replaced at 3 millimetres of residual tread or earlier, about 128 million more tyres would have to be produced every year - in Europe alone. And: these tyres not only have to be produced, they also have to be disposed of later. So the longer a tyre can be run, the better for the environment and the wallet.