05 September, 2018

Your complete guide to the EU Tyre Label - What it all means for you....

If you been looking for new tyres recently, you’ll have seen an EU Tyre Label on the tyre, which looks something similar to this (image below) :


Do you understand what it means? Let us talk you through it. 

Each brand new tyre as of November 2012 requires a tyre rating and its an objective way to help car owners choose which tyre they want to purchase. The label comes in three elements, looking at fuel economy, wet grip and external noise.

 

Fuel Efficiency


When a tyre rolls along the road, there is a resistance trying to stop it. This is called rolling resistance. Tyres with higher levels of rolling resistance need more fuel to make them move and lower rolling resistance needs less fuel. This rating runs A to G, meaning that A has a lower rolling resistance and G has a higher rolling resistance. 

 

Wet Grip


It’s no surprise that tyres with better wet grip, stop in shorter distances in the wet when compared with their less effective counterparts. This rating is measured in A to G with A being the best grip and G being the worst.

The test for wet grip is one of stopping distances. A car is driven at 50mph and the brakes are applied. The distance taken to come to a complete stop is then measured and from that measurement, the tyre is awarded a wet grip.

 

External Noise


Most people think this noise measurement, relates to the internal noise, but unfortunately, it’s not. This bar relates to external rolling noise. This has three measurements between one and three wave bars next to the tyre. If the label has three sound waves, it meets the minimum current legal requirements for noise. The fewer sound waves the tyre has the quieter it is.