Label Ratings

The new EU tire label provides important information about safety and environmental aspects of a tire. Similar to the energy label found on kitchen appliances, the EU tire label makes it easy to compare tires in terms of wet grip, fuel efficiency and noise.

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Fuel Efficiency

Did you know that tyres account for up to 20% of your vehicle's fuel consumption? Choosing tyres with a high fuel efficiency rating will give you more miles from your tank and fewer CO2 emissions.

What makes a tyre fuel-efficient?

Simply put, fuel-efficient tyres require less energy to roll. An easy-rolling tyre has lower demands on fuel, since a smaller amount of energy is wasted on friction and heat. You may have heard of tyres with "low rolling resistance', which essentially means the same thing.

How is fuel efficiency rated?

Fuel efficiency is rated from A to G on a color-coded scale.

  • A (green) = highest fuel efficiency rating
  • G (red) = lowest fuel efficiency rating
  • Rating D is not used for passenger cars.

What the ratings mean

The difference between an A rating and a G rating could mean a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 7.5%. To put this in real terms, choosing A-rated tyres instead of G-rated tyres could save you more than 6 litres of fuel every 1000 kilometres.*

At an average petrol price of £1.50 per litre, that adds up to cost savings of more than £300 over the life of the tyres.*
Don't forget, you'll also be reducing your environmental impact!

What else influences fuel efficiency?

For optimal fuel efficiency, make sure your tyres are correctly inflated. Low tyre pressure increases rolling resistance and impacts on wet grip performance. The weight of your vehicle and your personal driving style can also make a big difference. Energy-efficient driving, or "eco-driving can significantly reduce your fuel consumption.

*Based on an average consumption of 8 litres/100km, a fuel price of £1.50/litre, and an average tyre mileage of 35,000 km

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Wet Grip

Wet grip is an important factor to consider when choosing new tires. Tires with a high wet grip rating will stop shorter on wet roads when full brakes are applied.

What is wet grip?

'Wet grip' is the tire's ability to adhere to the road in wet conditions. The EU rating focuses only on one aspect of wet grip – the wet braking performance of the tire

How is wet grip rated?

Wet grip is rated from A to F:

  • A = highest rating
  • F = lowest rating
  • Ratings D and G are not used for passenger cars.

What the ratings mean

In an emergency situation, a few meters can make all the difference. For a passenger car applying full brakes from 80kph, a set of A-rated tires will brake up to 18 meters shorter than a set of F-rated tires. *

Note: You should always respect the recommended stopping distances when driving.

*When measured according to the test methods set out in Regulation EC 1222/2009. Braking distances may vary according to driving conditions and other influencing factors.

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Noise

Tires contribute to the amount of pass-by noise a vehicle generates. Choosing a tire with a good noise rating will lower the impact of your driving on the surrounding environment.

What the EU noise rating measures

The EU rating measures the external noise emissions of the tire in decibels.

Noise class

Since many people are unfamiliar with decibel values, the noise class is also shown. This categorizes the tire in relation to forthcoming European tire noise limits.

  1. black wave: Quiet (3dB or more below the future European limit)
  2. black waves: Moderate (between the future European limit and 3dB below)
  3. black waves: Noisy (above the future European limit)

What the ratings mean

Decibel levels are measured on a logarithmic scale. This means that an increase of just a few decibels represents a big difference in noise levels. In fact, a difference of 3dB doubles the amount of external noise the tire produces.

Think about the many thousands of cars on our roads each day. If we all chose tires with lower noise ratings, imagine how much quieter our towns and cities would be?

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