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Where are New Zealand's best parallel parkers?
Parking skills not up to scratch?
New Zealand’s best parallel parkers goes to drivers in the Bay of Plenty with the wooden spoon going to Wellingtonians.
The general manager Canstar Blue New Zealand Jose George says that in a recent survey, nearly 40 per cent of us have ‘fessed up’ to scratching our wheel rims when parking.
“Men and women have almost equal skills when it comes to parallel parking, (36 per cent and 37 per cent respectively have scratched their rims) but the big differences are across the regions. Bay of Plenty drivers are the least likely (26 per cent) while Wellingtonians are the worst offenders with 49 per cent admitting to scratching their rims.”
When it comes to buying car tyres, more than half of New Zealanders (58 per cent) do no research and just 42 per cent checked out prices before buying. Men (49 per cent) were more likely than women (35 per cent) to invest time into pre-purchase research.
“Like any purchase where there is a range of choices, taking a few minutes to check out the options could save you money and make your ride more comfortable.” Says George.
“Buy the best tyres that you can afford and look after them as they are a major factor in the running costs and safety of your car. The most important features to look for are good wet grip braking and fuel efficiency (sometimes called ‘low rolling resistance’). “
While Kiwis might not be that keen on researching tyres, there’s more confidence displayed in knowing where to buy. Just 27% visited their local providers because they don’t know where else to go. Women (32%) were more likely to take the path of least resistance and shop locally compared to 23% of men.
For the survey respondents, handling is the most important factor when choosing car tyres, accounting for 44% of the drivers of satisfaction (22% for wet weather handling and 22% for dry weather handling). Stopping ability came in third at 21%, followed by price (18%) and the life of the tyre (17%).
To make sure you get the best from your tyres you should always:
Check the pressure regularly. Having your tyres inflated to the correct pressure improves handling, fuel economy and the life of your tyres
Make sure all of your tyres, including your spare, are the same. Mis-matched tyres can inhibit the handling and safety of your car.
Check your tread. Minimum legal tred in New Zealand is 1.5mm but the more tred you have, the more grip on the road you get.
Canstar Blue measured customer satisfaction across six variables for this car tyre survey:
Dry weather handling
Wet weather handling
Value for money
Life of tyre
Dunlop received this year’s Canstar Blue award for overall satisfaction, from a field that included Bridgestone, Goodyear, Michelin, Firestone and Hankook.
George says: “Dunlop recorded five star ratings in every category across the board.”
Standout car tyre habits by region:
Waikato: Least likely to shop locally (25%).
Bay of Plenty: Least likely to scratch wheel rims when parallel parking (26%).
Wellington: Most likely to scratch wheel rims when parallel parking (49%). Most likely to research tyre prices and shop around for the best price (49%).
Otago: Less likely to research tyre prices and shop around for the best price (30%). Most likely to not know where to buy so just shops locally (37%).
Canstar Blue commissions market research agency Colmar Brunton Australia, to undertake research on our behalf using SSI NZ panel.
The outcomes reported here are the results from a survey of Kiwis who have purchased car tyres (not retreads) in the last 18 months. In this case there were 791 people surveyed.