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Since November 2012 all tyres fitted to cars, vans and 4x4s within the EU must be labelled to show their Fuel Efficiency, Web Braking Performance and Exterior Noise emissions. These labels mean that customers (like you!) know more about the tyres you are purchasing, helping you buy tyres that are safe and economical for your vehicle.

WHAT DO THESE LABELS LOOK LIKE?
These new tyre labels are similar to the energy rating labels you find on other appliances like fridges and freezers. The label is broken down into 3 sections;

  • Fuel Efficiency (Rolling Resistance)
  • Wet Grip (Braking Distance)
  • External Noise

WHAT DO THESE MEAN?
FUEL EFFICIENCY
The fuel efficiency of a tyre will be displayed as a rating from A to G. Tyres rated “A” for fuel efficiency are the most efficient (they use the least fuel), and tyres rated “G” are the least efficient (they use the most fuel).

Using fuel efficient tyres will reduce your car’s fuel consumption (making it cheaper to drive), as well as decreasing the amount of CO2 your vehicle produces (making it more environmentally friendly!).

WET GRIP
The "wet grip" rating of a tyre tells you how quickly your car will come to a stop, when braking in wet weather. Like the fuel efficiency rating "wet grip" is displayed as a rating from A to G, with A being the highest grip and G being the lowest.

A high wet grip rating means you can brake faster in dangerous situations - helping you avoid collisions and making your car safer to drive.

EXTERNAL NOISE
The external noise rating of a car is displayed is displayed as a small icon indicating the degree to which the tyre meets any current and new EU tyre noise legislation. The 3 sound waves on the diagram show the following;

One wave
This tyre meets all current EU legislation and is at least 3dB below the permitted noise level in upcoming legislation (2012-2016).

Two waves
This tyre’s noise level meets all current and upcoming EU requirements.

Three waves
This tyre meets all current EU noise requirements

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