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Journeys : Dec10 Jan11
Tyre for Compact 4WDs gives you twice the mileage America’s Cooper Tires continue to take mileage to new lengths. But how do drivers gauge a tyre’s lasting ability? And how can they decide which tyres offer better value for money? “There is an easy way to compare the lasting ability of different tyres,” says Terry Smith of Exclusive Tyre Distributors. “Look at the sidewall of your tyres and you’ll see three ratings. These are the ratings you need to compare when purchasing tyres. The higher the ratings, the more mileage, grip and safety you can expect.” Tyre ratings help drivers The rating system is called “Uniform Tyre Quality Grading” (UTQG). It originated in America to allow drivers to compare the quality of different tyres. The three critical ratings grade a tyre’s tread wear, traction and temperature capabilities. Terry Smith says, “The UTQG ratings are mandatory in the United States and can be found on most tyres sold in Australia.” Independent testing The ratings are determined after independent testing in the US. Drivers then use them to compare performance versus price. The chart provided shows the ratings of original tyres fitted to six popular Compact 4WDs/AWDs compared with Cooper’s new CS4. For example, the original tyre fitted to a Nissan X-Trail has a treadwear rating of 300, compared with 780 for Cooper’s CS4. This indicates the American tyre can give you up to 2.6 times more mileage. Vehicle Tyre Brand Treadwear Traction Temp Nissan X-Trail Dunlop Grandtrek ST20 300 B A Cooper CS4 780 A A Toyota Rav4 (2010 model) Bridgestone Dueler HT 687 300 B A Cooper CS4 780 A A Honda CRV Bridgestone HT470 360 B B Cooper CS4 780 A A Suzuki Grand Vitara Bridgestone D687 N/A N/A N/A Cooper CS4 780 A A Suzuki SX4 Bridgestone ER300 320 A A Cooper CS4 780 A A Subaru Forester (2010 model) Yokohama G900 N/A N/A N/A Cooper CS4 780 A A Cooper’s new CS4 lasts the distance: “The ratings on the CS4 explain how it gives twice the mileage,” says Terry Smith of Exclusive Tyre Distributors. UTQG ratings show Cooper’s CS4 tyre will give you up to twice the mileage of the original tyre. Cooper tyres are only available at authorised Cooper Tires dealers. For a free info pack call 1300 COOPER (1300 266 737) N/A denotes UTQG ratings are not displayed on the tyre’s sidewall. Authorised Dealers Cooee 6431 4611 Hobart 6234 4433 Hoba rt 6231 3413 Huonville 6264 1045 Kingston 6229 3359 La Trobe 6426 2999 Launceston 6334 1311 Launceston 6331 6755 Lindisfarne 6243 5990 Smithton 6452 3800 Ulverstone 6425 2011 www.coopertires.com.au Advertisement RACT CS4 2010 Ad size adjusted sizing 191010.indd 1 20/10/2010 3:55:18 PM Airbag anniversary – saving lives for 30 years Thirty years ago, the first series- production car equipped with an airbag left the Mercedes-Benz assembly line in Sindelfingen. This S-Class saloon was the end-point of more than 13 years of development time for the first driver airbag at Mercedes-Benz, and a new era in vehicle safety began. Hobart ar tist Ben Britten invited his grandfather Des Peterson along to the exhibition of 2010 finalists in the R ACT Insurance Tasmanian Youth Portraiture Prize exhibition – but Des wasn’t expecting to be surprised by his own portrait! “I had a lot of pleasure creating the work,” Ben says. “But I didn’t tell him I was painting it, or entering it in the RACTI prize.” The first Mr Peterson knew about it was when he spotted the portrait of himself on the wall. Apparently he was delighted, but also lost for words, which Ben says is pretty unusual! “I find my grandfather truly inspirational,” Ben says. “He has spent almost a lifetime working with the St John Ambulance as a First Aid Officer and was recipient of the Serving Brother award. “He also has a passion for music and dancing, and has assisted in organising ballroom dancing functions and lessons around Hobart for decades. His interest in f lowers has led him to become a volunteer in the Dahlia Section of the Hobart Horticultural Society.” Ben’s portrait captures Mr Peterson in a candid moment, enjoying the company of his beloved cockatiel, Cassie. Look Des, it’s you! 22 December 2010 / January 2011
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