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The new EU Tyre Label

Background and criteria:

In November 2012, a standard label for vehicle tyres was introduced throughout Europe: based on three criteria, the EU tyre label provides information on the environmental and safety characteristics of a tyre with the aim of increasing road safety and reducing pollution.

Safety

Secure grip in wet conditions is crucial for safe driving. Performance is graded into classes, A to G (although D and G are not currently used). The stopping distance between a class A tire and a class F tire can be as much as 18 metres.

Fuel efficiency

Reduced rolling resistance saves fuel and cuts CO2 emissions. Class A tyres deliver the best fuel efficiency, with each subsequent class through to G increasing fuel consumption by between 0.42 and 0.56 mpg for a car which does 36 mpg.

Noise

This is the external noise made by the tire and is measured in decibels. The more filled bars shown on the label, the louder the tyres.

What else should be considered when choosing new tyres?

The new label is designed to show information regarding three criteria. However, there are many other important performance factors to consider including:

  • Resistance to aquaplaning
  • Driving stability
  • Handling and steering precision
  • Durability
  • Braking performance on dry roads
  • Capabilities in winter conditions

At least there are up to 11 relevant factories that standard tyre tests include in addition to the label criteria (see table below).

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Test criteria

Tyre label

Tyre Tests

Dry:

Driving Stability
Handling
Braking

Wet:

Braking
Aquaplanning - longitude
Aquaplanning - latitude
Handling
Cornering grip

Noise:

Noise inside
Noise outside
Rolling resistance
Wear
PAK oil level
High speed

Key to table above: + (included) – (not included)

Automotive manufacturers require the very highest standard across all these performance factors before they approve tires for their new vehicles.

Furthermore, widely published tire tests also take these performance factors into account and therefore continue to be an excellent source of independent information regarding the total performance of a tyre.

Statement

Actual fuel savings and road safety depend heavily on the behaviour of the drivers, and in particular the following:

  • eco-driving can significantly reduce fuel consumption
  • tyre pressure should be regularly checked to optimise wet grip and fuel efficiency performance
  • stopping distances should always be strictly respected

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