Since 2012, the tyre labelling has become mandatory in. The tyre label shows information on performance, rolling resistance, wet-grip and rolling-noise so the buyer can make an informed decision before purchasing new tyres for a vehicle
What’s relevant for you?
The EU tyre label in detail:
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption)
On the EU tyre label, rolling resistance is given on the scale A to G, similar to the energy efficiency of household appliances, D is not assigned.
A means the lowest, G the highest rolling-resistance. Fuel and thus, CO2 are being saved by reducing a tyre’s rolling resistance. Once a tyre is in full motion, it de-forms and uses more energy. The heavier the tyre, the more power is needed. Less rolling resistance means less energy needed. So, a vehicle uses less energy/fuel, which also means less CO2 emission.
Designed for safety while driving. A good wet grip of the tyres is extremely important. On a tyre label, wet grip properties are divided into the classes of A to G.
The difference in braking distance between the classes on wet roads at a speed of 80 km / h lies between 3 and 6 m. This means, 1 or 2 car lengths. So the difference in braking distance from class A to F is more than 18 meters.
Noise (external rolling-noise)
A tyre’s noise emission affects the volume of a vehicle which affects the driving comfort of driving and noise-pollution (environment).
The noise level is showing on each tyre label in decibels in the form of 1 to 3 sound waves. A single sound-wave, for example, means, a tyre has the lowest possible noise level. For car tyres, it is in the range of 67 to 71 dB. The range of noise classes results from the different tyre width. For example, while 67 dB refers to narrow tyres, the 71 dB is for wide ones. The highest noise level for cars is 72 to 76 dB and is represented by three sound waves. Experts are of the opinion that already a difference of 1-2 dB is perceived by the human ear.
What does the EU tyre label tell us??
The EU tyre label’s purpose is to increase consumer-awareness regarding a tyre’s fuel-efficiency, wet-safety and compatibility with the environment.
What the label does not show is durability, driving-stability, aquaplaning safety, braking-properties when driving on dry roads or during the winter season.
If you would like any further information on the EU Labelling of Tyres, please do not hesitate to contact our team at Motech Autocentre in Newbury.