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Why Tyres Matter

It's the tyres that stop the car.

When it comes to safety, tyres are the most important component on your vehicle.
The brakes stop the wheels, not your car! It's actually your tyres that stop it.

Let's take a closer look:
Here, rubber meets the road:

The contact area is the size of the palm of your hand.

And this all where it happens:
Braking, Traction, Handling, Steering, Comfort
On such small area, a failure at high speed could have serious consequences.

Your safety also depends on you.

You took time to choose your car.
Taking time to choose your tyre is just as important.


We can all recall stressful situations where our tyres made the difference:

think of that bike that came from nowhere,



that driver in front of you suddenly braking,
that dog crossing the street,


this difficult journey under a wall of rain.

Your safety does not just depend on the way that you or others are driving.

It also depends on your choice of tyres.
For your peace of mind (and your family’s...), take the time to choose well!

But how do I choose the right tyre?

To help you compare and choose, look at 4 different aspects:



Most tyres perform well in everyday situations, but difficult conditions will reveal their differences.
So how do you make sure that your tyres are ready for the unexpected?
Choose tyres that can perform well in the worst types of weather or roads that you may encounter. Thanks to the tyre labelling on wet grip, you can compare more easily!
And the difference can be huge:
On wet roads, a distance of 16 meters is what differentiates a vehicle fitted with A tyres from a vehicle fitted with F tyres travelling at 80 km/h1.
That is almost the length of a lorry!

1Performance measured in accordance with the testing methods set by Regulation CE 1222/2009. European Commission's Impact Assessment SEC (2008) 2860

Not all tyres are equal – choosing the right ones can help to keep you safe.



Making a compromise now could mean spending more later.
Because tyres that last longer and help you to save fuel allow you to save in the long run.
Get more efficient tyres now, replace them much later!
(And forget about shopping for tyres for a while)

Enjoy the ride

Adequacy to your driving conditions

You won't need the same tyre if you never, occasionally or often encounter winter conditions.

Enjoy the ride

Adequacy to your car and driving style

A sprinter doesn’t want to run in slippers.
Neither does your car.
A sport or luxury car won’t feel like one unless the tyres can translate its power to the road.
See our MICHELIN Pilot tyres range

All in one

Thanks to the MICHELIN Total Performance touch, you can rest assured that you get all of these in each of our tyres.

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