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EU Tyre Labelling

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.

Fuel Efficiency

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.


Wet Grip

This 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.


Exterior Noise

This 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."