From November 1st 2012, all tyres will have to come with the New Tyre Label !!!
European Regulation (EC) No. 1222/2009
This new regulation will bring a major advance in consumer information on tyre safety (wet braking) and the tyre's impact on the environment (rolling resistance and external noise). FUEL EFFICIENCY
A measure of the tyre's rolling resistance, which has an impact on your vehicle's fuel efficiency. Rated from A (highest rating) to G (lowest rating).
The difference between an A rating and a G rating could mean a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 7.5%.
Don't forget, you'll be reducing your environmental impact!!
For optimal fuel efficiency, make sure your tyres are correctly inflated. The weight of your vehicle and your personal driving style can also make a big difference. Did you know that your tyres account for up to 20% of your vehicle's fuel consumption?
A measure of the tyre's braking ability on wet roads. Wet grip is rated from A (highest rating) to F (lowest rating). Ratings D and G are not used for passenger cars.
"Wet grip" is the tyre's ability to adhere to the road in wet conditions. The EU rating focuses only on one aspect of wet grip.
In an emergency situation, a few meters can make all the difference. For a passenger car applying full brakes from 80kph , a set of A-rated tyres will brake up to 18 metres shorter than a set of F rated. NOISE
A measure of the EXTERNAL noise generated by the tyre, in decibels. The black sound waves indicate the noise class of the tyre, from 1 (quite) to 3 (loud). Noise Class
Since many people are unfamiliar with decibel values, the noise class is also shown. This categorises the tyre in relation to forthcoming European tyre noise limits.
- 1 Black Wave - Quiet (3dB or more below the future European limit).
- 2 Black Waves - Moderate (between the future European limit and 3dB below)
- 3 Black Waves - Noisy (above the future European limit)
Think about the many thousands of cars on our roads each day, if we all chose tyres with a lower noise rating, imagine how much quieter towns and cities would be.
Labelling is a good start, but other factor's are just as important.
- Tyre Longevity - a longer lasting tyre can cost you less in the run. The right tyre could give you more than a year of extra driving.
- Road Handling Performance - 25% of accidents* are on bends.
- Dry Braking Performance - 70% of accidents* occur on dry roads.
*VUFO and Technical University of Dresden: 10,000 accidents analysed over 10 years.
BETTER FUEL ECONOMY + SAFET
Eco Driving: go easy on the accelerator, and enjoy fuel savings over time.
Right Tyre Pressure: check regularly to ensure minimal energy loss due to excessive rolling resistance, and optimum grip on wet roads.
Keep Your Distance: a safe driving distance behind a car in front reduces your risk of an accident.
Useful websites to get more information on Tyre Labelling