2016 – Car Tyres Ratings

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2016 award for car tyres

Most Satisfied Customers | Michelin

In 2016, we’re able to report that Michelin tyres have been rated highest by Aussie drivers. Not only did the brand – best known for its ‘Michelin Man’ mascot – achieve a resounding victory in this year’s ratings, but it also topped the table in 2015, along with Pirelli.

Michelin in pole position for car tyre satisfaction

Just like buying a new property is all about ‘location, location, location’, shopping for new car tyres is all about safety, safety, safety. As the only thing separating your vehicle, and you, from the surface of the road, you really can’t understate the importance of a good, reliable set of tyres.

So which car tyres are rated highest by Australian motorists? Each year, Canstar Blue surveys 3,000 adults and asks those who have purchased new tyres within the last 24 months to provide their opinions based on a number of factors, from handling performance and stopping ability to tyre life and value for money. Our aim is make you as informed as possible when it comes to purchasing something so important, and our ratings represent the car tyre reviews of motorists just like you.

In 2016, we’re able to report that Michelin tyres have been rated highest by Aussie drivers. Not only did the brand – best known for its ‘Michelin Man’ mascot – achieve a resounding victory in this year’s ratings, but it also topped the table in 2015, along with Pirelli. This year, however, Michelin stands alone at the top of the ratings. It also currently holds the title for highest rated motorcycle tyres, so you can feel confident that you’re in safe hands.

Tyre safety

We’ve established the importance of maintaining safe, roadworthy tyres. But unfortunately, our research shows that many Aussie motorists are still in the dark over safety standards. While 76% of survey respondents believe they know how to check their tyre tread depth, only 58% are aware of what the legal tread depth actually is! If that isn’t worrying enough, 29% of motorists suspect they have driven on car tyres that were below safety standards.

Another issue is air pressure – understanding what your tyre pressure should be, and regularly checking to ensure your tyres don’t drop below the safe limits. We’ve found 81% of motorists have checked their air pressure in the last six months, which leaves 19% who could be chancing their luck.

So with all this uncertainty and potential neglect, let’s clear up these tyre safety standards so you’re clear on what is expected of you from a safety and legal perspective. Here are the basic points you need to be aware of:

  • The overall diameter of a wheel and tyre fitted to a vehicle must not be more than 15 mm greater than the largest tyre size listed on the tyre placard, which you’ll find on the inside of the driver’s door.
  • You must ensure the tyres you fit are free of any obviously defect that could make them unsafe.
  • Your tyres must have a load capacity not less than the lowest load rating specified on the tyre placard of the vehicle.
  • The speed rating for tyres fitted to a passenger vehicle must be at least 180 km/h.
  • If the tread depth of your tyres has worn down to any of the tyre wear indicators – or there is less than 1.5 mm of tread depth across the entire face of the tyre – then it is unroadworthy. Tyres which do not have tyre wear indicators must also have a tread pattern at least 1.5 mm deep on all parts of the tyre.

Driving on tyres with low tread depth increases the potential for tyre failure and aquaplaning, particularly in wet conditions when grip and control can be severely reduced. You can also expect a fine if you’re found driving on unsafe tyres. So how do you check if your tyres are too worn? For most people, it will be as simple as checking your tyres to see whether or not the tyre wear indicators have become clearly visible in line with the tyre tread. The tyre wear indicators are small bumps molded into the base of the main grooves. When the tread surface is worn to the same level as these indicators, it’s time to buy new tyres.

Other things to look for

When it comes to your tyres, and the safety of your passengers, you shouldn’t take any chances. Pay attention to your tyres and how they handle, and look for any concerning changes.

  • Look for objects embedded in the tread. Remove all stones and other objects embedded in the tyre tread before driving.
  • Sidewall condition: If there are bulges and cuts, have the tyre examined, as the damage may be more serious than it appears.
  • Check the air pressure of your tyres regularly, either at the local service station, or by investing in a quality air gauge to keep at home.

It’s important to remember that no matter how well you look after your tyres, they will need replacing at some point. Almost half (48%) of survey respondents admitted they delay buying new tyres for as long as possible. Don’t take any risks – as soon as you think your tyres are close to the legal limit, get new ones.

Frequently asked questions

Canstar Blue commissioned Colmar Brunton to survey 3,000 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased new car tyres in the last two years – in this case, 1,110 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then alphabetically. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.