Get the most efficient tyres for your taxi
As a taxi driver, your day-to-day livelihood depends on your vehicle. It’s absolutely paramount that you keep up with maintenance to make sure your motor stays running.
The last few months have seen some of the wettest weather on record and conditions are set to get even harsher as we head into the January chill. Your car’s tyres are one of its most important aspects, particularly around this time. They need to be constantly reliable, stand up to some tough conditions and last a long time so you’re not put out of pocket.
On top of this, your tyres need to be economical for you in terms of fuel efficiency and value for money. Finding the best tyres to cater to your practical needs while still being economical is no mean feat. We’ve taken a look at some of the best tyres out there to work out just how efficient they are for a taxi driver’s needs.
To better understand the comparisons between tyres, we’ve looked at the info supplied on their tyre labels. According to EU Regulations, this style of labelling has been applied to all tyres for passenger cars from November 2012.
The three main aspects of a tyre’s performance – fuel efficiency, wet grip and external noise – are categorised and clearly displayed for your information. Fuel efficiency in tyres is derived from rolling resistance, directly correlating to energy used, while wet grip is calculated based on braking distances on wet roads. Both are graded on a scale of A to G, excluding D to better distinguish between the top three from the bottom three. Finally, the pass-by noise level is given in decibels alongside a graphical demonstration of how well it complies with current and expected future regulations – the lower the level, the better the tyre’s performance.
Let’s not dance around it; tyres are expensive. Sometimes, garages might offer deals on full sets of tyres, but generally you’ll be looking at the individual prices to determine which can offer you the best value for money without compromising on performance.
Ultimately, it’s the tyre’s performance that really counts, not the price tag. It’d be extremely difficult, even impossible, to get the best performing tyres at the lowest cost. There’ll always be a need to begrudgingly fork out for them, including VAT, fitting and disposal of old tyres, so costings should really only help to influence a choice between similarly matched high-performing tyres.
Comparison of some the best tyres on the market
With so many different variations of the same tyre model available – depending on size, weight index and speed rating – you’d really need to dig a little deeper for exact prices on the right tyre to fit your vehicle. However, here we’ve taken some of the best performing tyres all year round and taken the average grades and prices for each to give you a better idea of what to go for.
|Tyre||Fuel Economy||Wet Grip||Outside Noise||Price Range|
|Bridgestone Turanza T001||C||B||71dB||£48 – £153|
|Continental ContiSportContact 5||E||A||72dB||£85 – £198|
|Dunlop Sport BluResponse||B||A||68dB||£48 – £113|
|Dunlop Winter Sport 5||C||B||69dB||£71 – £225|
|Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2||E||B||70dB||£83 – £226|
|Michelin Pilot Sport 3||E||A||71dB||£58 – £186|
|Michelin Alpin 5||E||B||69dB||£58 – £133|
|Vredestein Quatrac 5||E||C||68dB||£48 – £134|
Of course, this is just a small selection of the wide variety of tyres out there. You may prefer to do some further investigation and research into your preferred manufacturer, style or size to find the best performing tyres to suit your needs. We’ve found that the Black Circles website has sufficient and reliable information on a vast range tyres from all the leading manufacturers.
Overall, the performance is more important than the price, so choosing the cheapest one available may not be the most economical in the long run. A higher performing tyre may cost a little extra, but if the trade off is that you can rely on it a lot longer, it’s certainly worth the investment.