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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 can be more expensive to buy, but they offer numerous advantages on the road. Here is an overview of the strengths of "Green Tires":
1. Efficiency and environmental sustainability
Alone a fifth of an engine's drive energy is used to overcome the rolling resistance of tires. "Green Tires" have a much lower rolling resistance than conventional tires. The following simple example shows how this characteristic pays dividends for drivers: At a fuel price of EUR 1.60 per liter, a car that travels 15,000 kilometers a year and consumes seven liters of fuel over a distance of 100 kilometers, saves over EUR 130 with fuel efficiency category B tires compared to F tires. In other words, the additional investment of EUR 20 to EUR 50 per “Green Tire” pays off in less than 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 low-quality 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. Switching to "Green Tires" would make city centers quieter. Special irregular tire treads and the optimized rubber mix used in green tires help to reduce this rolling noise.