When choosing your tyres, there are lots of different brands and tyres. To distinguish between different tyres, tyres manufactured after 1st July 2012 must carry an EU tyre label. The label was created to help you to compare three key areas of tyre performance; fuel efficiency, wet grip and exterior noise. Your vehicle and driving style will determine which of these areas are most important to you.
This rating looks at the fuel economy of your tyres. By looking at the rolling resistance of the tyre, the fuel efficiency rating is calculated. Rolling resistance is the force acting against the tyre’s direction of travel. Tyres with a lower rolling resistance use less energy and therefore less fuel. The higher the rating, the more you can save at the pump. Other external factors also affect fuel consumption such as personal driving style and vehicle weight.
refers to how quickly the tyre can stop in wet conditions. Tyres with good wet
grip have shorter stopping distances on wet roads. The wet grip rating is
determined by how far a car travels after braking at 50mph in the wet. Although
there are other factors such as directional control which impact wet weather
performance, performance on the test outlined above was determined by the EU as
the most similar to European road conditions. With the unpredictability of the
British weather, this rating is important to ensure that your vehicle can come
to a stop safely.
is the final element of the EU tyre label. The noise levels of the tyres are
measured in decibels (dB) and the tyre is given a rating with the noisiest
tyres being allocated three soundwaves whilst the quietest tyres are given one.
Three bars is the current upper limit of acceptable exterior noise. The EU tyre
label only refers to the external tyre noise and not the interior cabin noise.
Talk To The Tyre Pros
“Understanding EU tyre labelling will help you pick the right tyres for your vehicle and driving style. Before buying your tyres, we recommend checking the EU tyre ratings and making sure that the tyre performs well in the categories that are important to you."