In November 2012 the new EU tyre labeling legislation came into force. All new car, van, 4x4 & new truck tyres manufactured after 1st July are required to carry the new label. It may look familiar to you as is it is similar to energy stickers found on white goods. The tyre label provides you with reliable, objective and comparable information about the tyre you may purchase.
The label has 3 sections rating the tyres performance in each. Lets go through them...
Fuel Efficiency/rolling Resistance - A rolling tyre deforms & dissipates energy. The energy that is lost is know as rolling resistance and directly impacts on fuel comsuption & the environment. With lower rolling resistance the tyre uses less energy, less fuel and in turn less CO2.
A - F Low to Higher fuel consumption.
G - Not used
Wet Grip/braking performance - Tyres with excellent wet grip have shorter braking distances on slippery roads, essential for keeping you safe in the rain.
A - G Shorter to longer braking distances in wet conditions
D&G Not used
Noise emission/exterior noise -A tyre's exterior noise grading is expressed in decibels (dB) and accompanied by one, two or three sound waves on the label. One wave is the best performance, three is the worst. In fact three is the current limit, while two meets future laws and one is a further 3dB below.