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What Are the Performance Characteristics I Should Think About?

What are the performance characteristics I should think about?

  • Traction or grip

    Remember – the tires are the only contact your vehicle has with the road, so their grip plays an essential role in your safety. Your ability to brake, to turn, or to stay stable at higher speeds all depend on your tire’s grip. And each type of tire is designed to provide grip in specific types of weather or road conditions – that’s why it’s so important to think about how and where you will be driving and what type of grip you’ll need when you choose your tires.

  • Longevity

    How long a tire lasts before wearing out its tread is an important element of ensuring your value for money. There can be big differences in tire mileage depending not only on the quality of the tire, but also on its design. For example, high-performance tires tend to have lower tread life than passenger car tires since their design is optimised to increase grip and handling, which usually wears down tires faster. But keep in mind that how and where you drive and whether or not you maintain the correct pressure in your tires will also impact how long they last.

  • Fuel efficiency

    Did you know that one out of every five tanks of a vehicle’s fuel is used up by the tires’ friction on the road? Tires can have a big impact on your vehicle’s fuel consumption. Some tires have specific construction and materials that help to reduce the friction with the road (called rolling resistance). Buying fuel-efficient tires that offer low rolling resistance can help you to save on fuel – another way to give you good value for money.

  • Handling

    Handling is how your vehicle responds to the demands of the driver, such as steering, accelerating and braking. It’s crucial both in terms of safety – to keep the vehicle stable and the driver in control – and to enjoy your drive.
    The tire plays a very important role in handling:
    It transmits the driver’s instructions from the wheel to the ground. In general, sporty high-performance tires are designed to maximise handling performance and deliver precise steering and cornering.

  • Comfort and Noise

    "Driving comfort refers to how the tire cushions the driver from the irregularities of the road. Tires that are optimised for better comfort have specially designed construction to help absorb bumps and give a smooth ride.
    Another important element for an enjoyable drive is a quiet ride. This is determined by a tire’s tread design – the amount of grooves in the tire and their positions. In general, the more aggressive a design looks, the higher the probability that it may generate noise. But remember that the grooves have an important role to play in delivering grip – decide if that additional traction is worth a little more road noise."

  • Robustness

    Tires need to be able to resist whatever the road brings. A tire’s robustness, or toughness, is its ability to overcome everyday road hazards. If you often drive on damaged or unpaved roads, look for tires with reinforced constructions.

  • Do I have to choose between all these performance characteristics?

    Tires are designed to optimise certain performance characteristics. Most tires do this by sacrificing other characteristics. But at Michelin, our product design philosophy is to always deliver MICHELIN Total Performance: multiple performances together simultaneously. We try to cover all your driving needs, so you don't have to compromise.