What you need to know about the EU tyre label
What does the EU tyre label stand for?
The tyre label originates from an EU regulation and is an energy label, similar to those found on refrigerators or washing machines. However, a tyre is not a washing machine, and the label can only make a limited contribution to the purchase decision. The labelling requirement has applied to the retail sector since November 1, 2012.
The tyre label - a good basis for the purchase decision?
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption), wet grip (braking distance on wet roads) and external rolling noise (volume) - these are the three criteria the tyre label provides information about. However, the quality of a tyre is also determined by numerous other criteria, including driving stability, lateral support in curves, aquaplaning properties, dry grip, durability and, in the case of winter tyres, grip on snow and ice. These criteria are assessed by specialists like, for example, our team at Cunningham's Autocare and Recovery or by magazines, automobile clubs and testing organisations in regular tyre tests.
When buying winter tyres, for example, the braking distance on snow-covered roads plays an important role - a characteristic that is not assessed by the tyre label. This shows that the tyre label provides an initial overview of important basic tyre properties, but does not cover the entire spectrum and thus does not replace tire tests or expert advice.
"Safety is the be-all and end-all when buying tyres. After all, the tyres are the only thing that connects the vehicle with the road - the contact area of each tyre is just the size of a postcard. Therefore, it is better to choose the tyre with the shorter braking distance and save fuel through anticipatory driving, regular air pressure checks and early shifting of gears.
If you would like to know more about tyre manufacturing regulations or if you need some advice before buying new tyres Redditch, please get in touch with us.