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The Mercury Cars Guide : December 5th 2009
10--- Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au Saturday, December 5, 2009 tyre tips Recommended Stopping Distances (Speed - Stopping Distance): 40km/h - 37m; 60 km/h - 55m; 80km/h - 82m; 100km/h/116m Tyre maintenance: Check tyre pressures regularly Replace any worn or defective tyres Have tyres balanced and steering alignment checked Check your spare tyre is correctly inflated and roadworthy Practice how to change a tyre Good tyres mean a quick full stop RIDING ON IT: Worn tyres are dangerous - make you have decent tread and test the tyre pressure. Spending more on tyres could save your life. Neil McDonald tells us how M OST people regard tyres as a grudge purchase, to be done as cheaply as possible, but a new national survey confirms the expert view that quality tyres are worth the extra money. Really cheap buys --- such as no- name Chinese imports --- have been exposed through the research. A Beaurepaires survey found that better tyres could reduce stopping distances by as much as 7m compared to cheaper ones. Beaurepaires marketing manager Melinda Wood says a tyre's quality, as well as its inflation, tread depth and condition, greatly influenced its ability to stop a vehicle quickly. Good tyres can mean the difference between having and avoiding a colli- sion, she says. With the holiday season about to start, motoring organisations are rec- ommending that drivers check their brakes, and tyres for the correct inflation pressure, any defects and the whether they are roadworthy. A Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce survey recently found that 25 per cent of Victorian vehicles would fail a five-point safety check involving tyres, steering, seatbelts, headlights and brakes. RACV research has found that more than 20 per cent of all vehicles on Melbourne's roads are driving on at least one unroadworthy tyre and that one in five vehicles has under- inflated tyres. An unroadworthy tyre is one with a tread worn below 1.5mm or one that has been physically damaged. The RACV chief engineer Michael Case says cheaper tyres are often a false economy. ''Cheaper tyres are not necessarily a bargain because they don't last as long,'' he said. Case says the economic downturn has forced many motorists to neglect vehicle maintenance or resort to budget imported tyres. The RACV's own tests have shown that a car travelling at 60km/h on worn tyres will need an extra 3.9m to stop. The Beaurepaires survey found that just one in eight drivers (12 per cent) understood that premium tyres are safer. ''More worryingly, many drivers think there is little difference in stopping distances between premium and cheap tyres --- 33 per cent think this stopping advantage is less than 6m,'' Wood says. Women are more likely than men to underestimate the stopping distance advantage of premium tyres. Almost two in five women (38 per cent) consider the difference in stop- ping distance advantages between premium and cheap tyres to be less than 6m, compared to 28 per cent of men. Beaurepaires tested 16 different sets of tyres, from many leading brands, in wet and dry conditions. Dunlop and Goodyear --- distrib- uted by Beaurepaires --- were the best performers, stopping up to 7m earlier in the wet than the other tyres. These same tyres also led the way in dry conditions, with almost 2m on their competitors. Stopping distance depends on sev- eral factors, such as reaction time, speed, driving conditions, and the condition of the tyres and brakes. Under-inflated tyres will also sig- nificantly affect a vehicle's handling and ability to stop in an emergency. Drivers unsure about the condition of their tyres should have them checked by an expert. Most reputable dealers have free safety inspections. Over $7,500 extra value. sunroof ry Captiva 7. time only. 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