EU Tyre Label
What does the new EU Tyre Label tell me?
Tyre labelling regulations were introduced by the EU in November 2012 in order to help consumers make an informed choice when purchasing tyres. It has been designed to give valuable information to consumers in a simplistic format.
The EU Tyre Label sheds light on how tyres perform in three categories. It rates a tyre's performance on fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise levels.
Affects driving economy and emissions
The tyres you choose can have a serious effect on the fuel consumption of your vehicle.
The energy lost when a tyre is moving is called ‘rolling resistance’ – this has a direct impact on the amount of fuel your vehicle uses. A tyre with low rolling resistance means it has lower fuel consumption and less CO2 emissions are produced.
The rating for fuel efficiency works downwards from 'A' for the best performing tyre, to 'G' for the least performing. It's handy to know… There is a difference of 7.5%* in fuel efficiency between an A and G rated tyre.
All drivers are well aware of how a wet road can affect the handling of their vehicle. Each tyre manufacturer offers varying tread patterns, with different sipes and grooves to prevent aquaplaning. Therefore wet grip can be an incredibly important to consider when purchasing a new tyre.
The wet grip rating measures a tyre's performance in wet driving conditions. Tyres with better wet grip, deliver shorter braking distances on wet roads. The rating works downwards from 'A' for the best wet grip performance, to 'G' for the lowest performance.
It's handy to know… The difference in braking distance between an A and G rated tyre can be as much as 18 metres* (approx. 4 car lengths).
Affects driver comfort and noise pollution
As well as their contribution to fuel consumption, tyres also affect the environment by producing noise pollution. Tyres must comply with regulations and limit the amount of noise pollution they emit. The tyre noise heard outside a vehicle does not reflect the noise heard on the inside. Below 30mph it is engine noise that dominates when driving.
A tyre's exterior noise is measured in decibels. The graphic symbol displays one black sound wave for the quietest performance, and up to three black sound waves for the loudest.
It's handy to know… The noise level of a 3 sound wave rated tyre will be literally three times that of a single sound wave rated tyre.
*when measured according to the test methods set out in Regulation EC 1222/2009