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All cars have tires, of course, but few drivers really know much about them. And yet it's worth taking a closer look when choosing tires, because they differ significantly in terms of quality and this can affect key driving characteristics. For instance, low-cost tires may be cheaper initially, but they often perform poorly in terms of safety and fuel efficiency. This is in part due to the rubber mixtures used in their production. Environmentally friendly quality tires – also known as “Green Tires” – that contain high-performance rubbers from LANXESS, may be more expensive, but they offer numerous advantages on the road. Here is an overview of the strengths of "Green Tires":
1. Efficiency and environmental sustainability
Between 20 and 30 percent of an engine's drive energy are used to overcome the rolling resistance of tyres alone. "Green tires" have a much lower rolling resistance than conventional tires. The following simple example shows how this characteristic pays dividends for drivers: a set of "Green Tires" may cost about EUR 80 to EUR 200 more than conventional ones. Based on fuel consumption of six liters per 100 kilometers, green tires save up to 0.5 liters per 100 kilometers. Covering an average distance of 15,000 kilometers a year and based on a fuel price of EUR 1.60 per liter, the higher purchase costs will be recouped within just two years. And "Green Tires" are good for the environment, too. Equipping all the cars in the world with these tires would save up to 20 billion liters of fuel a year and cut annual CO2 emissions by 50 million metric tons.
2. Good braking performance and maximum safety
The efficiency of green tires does not come at the cost of safety. Quite the opposite in fact. Incorporating the high-performance rubbers of specialty chemicals company LANXESS, these quality tires deliver an excellent braking performance – on both wet and dry roads. Compared to bad tires, "Green Tires" reduce the braking distance at a speed of 80 kilometers an hour by up to 20 meters.
3. Higher mileage and longer service life
"Green Tires" deliver a sustained peak performance. They not only improve fuel efficiency and grip, but also ensure a higher mileage and a longer service life. This results in a better price/performance ratio for drivers. Long-lasting tires are also kind on the environment, because they help conserve resources.
4. Quiet driving
Road traffic accounts for around 17 percent of Germany's noise emissions¬. The rolling noise from tires is often even louder than the engine. "Green Tires" help to reduce this rolling noise.