EU Tyre Label Information

tyre label

Why was the European tyre label introduced?

From 1st November 2012, all tyres manufactured after the 1st of July 2012 must bear the label or allow a clear assignment of the label data to the issued tyres.

The tyre label provides information about some basic performance characteristics of each tyre. For example, when purchasing tyres, consumers can access more specialist information before deciding on buying a product.

What are the advantages of the EU tyre label?

With the Regulation, the European Union aims to increase road safety and promote economic and environmental efficiency in road transport.

One look is enough for the comparison

The tyre label enables consumers to compare tyres in terms of 3 basic performance characteristics:

  • Fuel efficiency
  • wet grip
  • External rolling noise

More than just a product comparison

When you buy tyres, you want facts - fast. You want factual information about what impact your buying decision will have on your safety, the environment and other road users. We at the SRC Auto Care are convinced that the new tyre label is a step in the right direction.

  1. Comparison of fuel efficiency

Rolling resistance is a key factor in fuel efficiency. Fuel efficiency is classified into seven efficiency classes from A (highest fuel efficiency) to G (lowest fuel efficiency).

The difference in fuel efficiency for a fully equipped vehicle between efficiency classes A and G can be up to 7.5% 

  1. Comparison of wet grip

This performance characteristic shows you how good the braking behaviour of a tyre is in the wet. The power range goes from class A (highest safety, shortest braking distance) to G (lowest safety, longest braking distance).

The difference in braking distance between tyres of efficiency class A and G for a vehicle equipped with four tyres of the model tested may be up to 30%  in wet grip (wet braking distance ) . Assuming that a car drives at 50 mph, it can shorten the braking distance by up to 18m 

  1. Comparison of external rolling noise

Here the external rolling noise is displayed in decibels (dB). The pictogram with the three waves illustrates how the tyre behaves with respect to European limits.

- Three black waves characterise the worst performance. The tyre generates rolling noises that are below the current limit (3) but exceed the future limit (4). - Two black waves: The noise level of the tyre also falls below the future limit value (4). - A black wave: The noise level of the tyre falls below the future limit (4) by at least three decibels.

What else is important when choosing tyres?

The EU tyre label is a good start, but there are many other important performance factors such as: - Longevity: - grip in bends - driveability on dry roads etc.

With tyres from the SRC Auto Care, you will never compromise on safety, durability and fuel economy. Please have a look on our website. We have tyres of all major brands in all regular sizes and for every budget available. You can certainly also see each tyre’s EU Tyre label.