EU TYRE LABELING AND WHAT IT MEANS
The EU legislation on tyre labelling came into force on 1st November 2012 throughout Europe. It is a legal requirement that new car tyres must be labelled to give you a more informed choice when buying your new tyres. These labels will enable you to make a more informed decision when choosing your car tyres, considering safer and more efficient driving. Do note however that tyre manufacturers build more than 50 performance characteristics into a tyre and this labelling only measures 3 characteristics. Important measures such as tyre mileage, dry and wet handling are not covered by the tyre label. The label will display three performance characteristics of a tyre: Fuel Efficiency, Wet Grip, Exterior Noise Emissions.
Fuel efficiency is important to reduce your driving costs and co2 emissions. This category will be rated from A, which will be the most efficient and which will mean you’ll use the least amount of fuel, to category G, which is the least fuel efficient. By choosing tyres from category A, you could reduce your fuel consumption by up to 7.5% compared with tyres from category G.
WET BRAKING PERFORMANCE
This category is important to your safety as it will effect how quickly you will be able to reach a stop in wet conditions. Wet braking performance will also be rated from A to F, with A rated tyres providing the shortest braking distance in wet conditions and F rated tyres providing the longest. Driving on A rated tyres can help you stop the equivalent of around 4 car lengths shorter than driving on category F rated tyres, driving at 50mph.
EXTERIOR NOISE LEVELS
This category will demonstrate the external rolling noise made by your tyres, rated in three categories. Three black waves on the label will illustrate that the tyre produces the highest amount of sound pollution compared to one black wave which indicates that the tyres will emit the lowest amount of noise. Noise level will be indicated from 1 to 3, 1 being the quietest and 3 the loudest. The sound measurement in decibels will also be provided.