Of Yelow Boards and Munch­ing Miles

Car India - - FEATURE -

Now, on to the real-life tests. Sur­pris­ingly, there are many ad­van­tages to test­ing the life of tyres us­ing cabs. Pri­mar­ily, the av­er­age yel­low-board ve­hi­cle munches more miles in a day than what most of us do in a week. Their ran­dom cus­tomers mean that their daily routes are equally ran­dom. Un­like our bor­ing and mun­dane daily com­mute, cabs tra­verse dif­fer­ent types of ter­rain in weather con­di­tions rang­ing from pleas­ant to ex­treme. Also, cab driv­ers and their pas­sen­gers can of­fer a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on the tyres’ per­for­mance as a re­sult of their daily ex­pe­ri­ence.

It has been a lit­tle more than six months since we equipped the cabs with these tyres. At this stage, one cab has clocked 18,500 km while the other has crossed the 20,000-km mark. When quizzed about the level of wear and tear on the tyres, the driv­ers re­sponded say­ing that they were pleased and quite sur­prised at the tyres’ dura­bil­ity. They went on to re­port that the Mi­laze X3s have not shown signs of wear that are usu­ally preva­lent in sim­i­larly-run tyres from other man­u­fac­tur­ers. They also said that the level of grip on of­fer has en­abled them to push their lim­its fur­ther, al­low­ing them to carry more speed through a cor­ner. Com­ing from ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers who have used tyres from var­i­ous man­u­fac­tur­ers, that is high praise in­deed.

‘Have the tyres made a dif­fer­ence to your daily com­mute?’ we asked a few reg­u­lar pas­sen­gers. One of the most con­sis­tent replies we re­ceived was that the ride qual­ity had im­proved be­cause they felt more re­laxed, as if the tyres some­how ironed out the bumpy bits on their daily com­mute. A few acute pas­sen­gers also ob­served that the car felt more con­fi­dent at high speeds than be­fore.

( Above) As you can see, the odome­ter is steadily tick­ing away. How­ever the wear and tear on the tyre does not re­flect its true age.

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