The EU tyre label can provide helpful information when choosing a new tyre
Introduced in 2012, the EU Tyre Label is designed to help consumers make an informed choice when choosing a new tyre by rating their performance in three key areas: fuel efficiency, wet grip and exterior noise.
All new tyres will have a printed sticker attached to the tread including the tyreís performance in the three areas tested. When you buy online from TyrePlus, EU Tyre Label information can be found next to each tyre product to help you make a decision.
Choosing a tyre with a higher fuel efficiency rating means you can go further on a single tank of fuel while lowering your CO2 emissions. Itís all about rolling resistance Ė tyres with a low rolling resistance require less energy to roll, therefore less fuel is used. Fuel efficiency is rated from A to G on the EU label with A being the best rating. Each tier represents a 1% difference in fuel consumption on average but other factors such as driving style, tyre pressure and number of passengers will have an effect.
Tyres with a better wet grip rating will stop in a shorter distance on a wet surface than those with a poorer rating giving you an indication of the tyres wet braking performance. Wet Grip is rated on the same scale as fuel efficiency however ratings D and G are not used for passenger vehicles. At 50mph a car fitted with A-rated tyres will stop up to 18 metres shorter than one with F-rated tyres. The rating does not however consider the tyreís wet handling or wet braking performance when cornering.
The noise rating of a tyre is a measure of the external road noise that the tyre produces rather than the noise heard by the driver in the cabin. It is measured in decibels and represented by a speaker icon on the EU tyre label with 3 sound waves. 1 sound wave means the tyre is quiet while 3 sound waves means the tyre is loud and may not meet future noise limits.
When choosing tyres, the EU Tyre Label provides useful information and ensures you are getting a tyre that performs well in these three areas. However, there are many other performance and safety factors you should consider when buying tyres. These include dry braking, handling performance, driving stability, aquaplaning resistance and low temperature performance. In fact, premium manufacturers will test up to 50 different tyre performance criteria when developing new products.
Tyre labeling is not to be confused with tyre markings which are the details printed on the tyre sidewall and can tell you a lot about the tyre including when and where it was manufactured and the full tyre size so it can be fitted to an appropriate vehicle. Find out more about tyre markings and how to read your tyre size.