What does the EU tyre label tell me?
In order to help you make an informed choice, the EU Tyre Label rates a tyre's performance in three key areas: fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise emission.
Affects driving economy and emissions
- Lower rolling resistance means lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
- A tyre loses energy through 'rolling resistance'
- The rating works downwards from 'A' for the best performing tyre, to 'G' for the least performing
It's handy to know... that there is a difference of 7.5% in fuel efficiency between an A and G rated tyre.
Affects the safety of your vehicle
- This measures and rates a tyre's performance in wet driving conditions
- Tyres with better wet grip performance deliver shorter braking distances on wet roads
- The rating works downwards from 'A' for the highest wet grip performance, to 'G' for the lowest performance
It's handy to know... that the difference in braking distance between an A and G rated tyre can be as much as 18 metres (approx. 4 car lengths).
Affects driver comfort and noise pollution
- A tyre's exterior noise is measured in decibels
- The graphic symbol displays one black sound wave for the quietest performance, and up to three black sound waves for the loudest.
It's handy to know... that the noise level of a three sound wave rated tyre will be literally three times that of a single sound wave rated tyre.