Published on August 23rd, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Goodyear Assurance TripleMax Tires Tested
Goodyear Tires release the Assurance Triplemax with one solid promise, to stop you faster and better in the rain. When we fitted the new set of Assurance Triplemax on a test car, we had already run in the previous test tires for over 5,000 kilometers. The new set of tires were very much appreciated by or test car as the rainy season was on and the skies opened up every evening. However we needed to ‘run in’ the tires. A good 1500-2000 kilometers were needed to be run-in to really appreciate the technology that was used in making the Assurance Triplemax good on wet tarmac.
The Goodyear Assurance TripleMax performed well as we took in the badly maintained roads in great Petaling Jaya. Roads like Jalan 222, Jalan University, Jalan Penchala, Jalan Dato Abdul Aziz and Jalan Othman with their many many many potholes and ruts and dips and sunken manholes abused our Goodyear Assurance TripleMax tires daily. The sidewalls were checked every week with no signs of damage.
Designed for road abuse like what we mentioned above, my test Goodyear Assurance TripleMax tires are reinforced with Dupont™ Kevlar®, which is used in military grade equipment. This lightweight material maintains stiffness and strength even under high temperature conditions when the tire is in motion, giving drivers’ added protection against road hazards. It also provides added protection and increased tire longevity as we have seen till today.
Then in the last month the rains came back to town. Every evening it rains heavily on the way home and with water covering many potholes and many completely soaked roads we were able to really test the reducing braking distances that the Goodyear Assurance TripleMax tires provide. The tires come with the latest HYDROGRIP Technology® (patented by Goodyear) that delivered maximum grip for maximum assurance in every condition that we experienced on our drive daily in heavy rain. What more when we drove along roads that had the MRT construction in progress. Here the addition of sand and mud on the roads provided less grip for many drivers and there were times we had close encounters with other cars but managed to get the right amount of grip to stop in time and avoid a fender bender.
Now with the tires run in for almost 3,000 kilometers and having experienced wet and muddy roads with dry humid roads in the test period, we can say with confidence that Goodyear has brought to market a really good tire to accommodate our every changing weather and dismal road conditions in our city.
These tires will also save you money. It has been calculated up to RM667.80/318L over the life of the tires².
¹ Compared to the average performance of 2 leading competitors. Braking distance on wet road from 80km/h to 20km/h, measured by TÜV SÜD Automotive in November 2012; Tire Size: 205 /55 R16 -91V. Test Car: Toyota Auris; Location: FAKT Memmingen, Germany; Report No. 76250397
² Based on 31% rolling resistance improvement versus Goodyear Assurance ArmorGrip. Tire size: 205/55 R16. Test location: Goodyear Innovation Centre, Luxembourg. Rolling resistance – fuel saving conversion formula based on the US Highway Federal Emissions Test (HWFET). Projection based on tire mileage of 60,000km, fuel consumption 9.07L / 100km and fuel price of RM2.10/L. Actual savings may vary based on fuel prices, when tires are replaced, driving and road conditions and proper tire maintenance.