For budget tyres you think Eternity, Goodride and Infinity. The key question concerning budget tyres is whether what get to pay for and whether buying cheaper tyres is actually economical in the long run. The answer is a confusing "possibly". These tyres, which are more suited for slower speeds on urban roads or for cars that only do low mileage are more appropriate for second cars or "runarounds" where distance isn't an issue. Of course, if the cost is a serious consideration, a budget tyre is a preferable option to a more expensive tyre that is badly worn or distorted. Essentially budget tyres offer good value as long as you do not expect to complete a tour from Lagos to Benin.

For mid-range tyres, you think Apollo, Ceat, Debica and Riken. Sandwiched between the upper and lower echelons of the tyre market are the mid-range brands, which tend to support familiar premium brand names or are often manufactured by these companies under a different name. These tyres are often a good compromise for general use, offering more in the way of wear and fuel efficiency than the cheapest alternatives and benefiting from the same technology invested in the premium brands, but at a more reasonable price. Essentially mid-range tyres offer excellent value and you can expect to complete a tour from Lagos to Benin.

For premium tyres, you think Bridgestone, Firestone, Goodyear, Michelin and Pirelli. These tyres although black and round can deflate your bank account faster than your last tyre blowout. By purchasing a premium tyre, you are also paying for the huge sums invested in tyre technology, engineering and safety testing that goes into making these tyres both hard-wearing and safe. Premium brands have consistently outperformed their cheaper rivals, offering improved wear, grip and fuel efficiency. If you tend to cover many miles each year or engage in a lot of high speed driving such as on motorways, then these tyres could be well worth shelling out a little extra for.

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