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Buying tyres can be very confusing today as there are so many different tyres to choose from with a variety of different specifications, surrounded in mumbo jumbo science. To address this matter the European parliament has passed new legislation that all tyres sold in Europe must display the new Tyre Labelling.

The Tyre Labelling provides clear, concise, accurate information on tyre performances over 3 specifications.

  • Fuel-Efficiency
  • Wet Grip
  • External Rolling Noise

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The Fuel-Efficiency label provides you with information on how well tyres perform with rolling resistance. Rolling resistance, also known as ‘rolling friction’ and ‘rolling drag’, is the resistance between the tyre and the road surface, and can be affected by the material the tyre is made from. Fuel-efficiency is graded from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

For example, switching from grade G tyres to grade A tyres can reduce fuel consumption by up to 20%.

  • If the vehicle has a fuel consumption of 81 litres over 62miles.
  • And if your tyre has approximately 40,000 miles lifespan.

This means a fuel saving of up to 440 litres over the lifetime of the tyres. With a fuel price of £1.15per litre, this equates to a cost saving of £506 over the lifetime of the tyres.

Wet Grip

The Wet Grip label provides you with information on how well the tyre will grip on wet roads. Tyres with excellent grip in the wet have shorter breaking distances on wet roads.Tyres are graded from A (most grip) to G (least grip).

A car fitted with an A-rated tyre will stop up to 4 car lengths shorter from a G-rated tyre. This is an important factor if you drive in a wet climate.

Noise Level

The External rolling noise label provides you with information on how much noise a tyre will produce outside of the car.

tyre's exterior noise grading is expressed in decibels. Below 70dB considered quiet, future EU regulation will require noise level to be below 73dB.

The Noise label is displayed as wave pictogram.

  • 3 black waves = 73dB and above. Level greater than the future limit but complies with today’s noise regulation.
  • 2 black waves = 69dB to 72dB. Noise level equal to or below future limits.
  • 1 black waves = 68dB or below. Noise level below future limits.

This website allow you to achieve in minutes what would otherwise take hours, and make a potentially boring and difficult job, relatively painless by presenting the Tyre Labelling information and price in a simple and accessible way, simplifying the process and helping make the purchase decision much more manageable.

For more information on the Tyre Labelling please click here A Consumer’s Guide to Energy-Efficient Tyres