Tyre labelling information
Tyre labelling for passenger cars took effect from 1 November 2012 under European Regulation (EC) No. 1222/2009.
The new label focuses on 3 major criteria of a tyres performance; Wet Grip, Fuel Efficiency and Exterior Road Noise. The label is similar looking to that found on a household appliance such as a fridge or washing machine.
Fuel efficiency/rolling resistance
As a tyre rolls it deforms to the conditions and uses energy. The energy that is lost is known as rolling resistance which makes an impact on fuel consumption. The difference between A and G rated tyres is about half a litre per 62 miles, which over the year could be a saving of the cost of the tyre itself, based on average mileage.
This part of the label refers to the safety of your tyres. Tyres with better grip in the wet result in shorter braking distances. These grades are measured when braking is applied at 50mph in the wet, and the difference in stopping between an A rated tyre and a G rated tyre is a staggering 18 metres.
This part of the label refers to the external noise that the tyre produces and is measured in decibels, with one wave being the best and three waves being the worst.
Three waves meets the current standards, two meets the future laws required, and one wave is a further 3db beyond the future laws set.
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