Tyre labelling - What you need to know

All passenger tyres sold must be labelled with an official tyre label. This label contains information about three important criteria that form the basis for evaluating tyre performance: wet grip, fuel efficiency and exterior noise.

The label is a good indicator of basic tyre performance. 

Rolling Resistance / Fuel Efficiency 

5 classes from E (least efficient) to A (most efficient).

Effect may vary among vehicles and driving conditions, but the difference between a E and an A class for a complete set of tyres could reduce fuel consumption by up to 7.5%* when measured according to the test methods set out in Regulation EC 1222/2009

 

Wet Grip 

5 classes from E (longest braking distance) to A (shortest braking distances).

Effect may vary among vehicles and driving conditions, but in the case of full braking, the difference between a E and an A class for the set of four identical tyres could be up to 30% shorter braking distance (e.g for a typical passenger car driving at 80 kmh speed this could be up to 18m shorter braking distance)* when measured according to the test methods set out in Regulation EC 1222/2009

 

Noise Rating 

In addition to the noise value in decibel dB(A), the lower the noise the better. 

A pictogram displays whether the tyre external rolling noise performance is above the future European mandatory limit value (3 black bars = noisier tyre), between the future limit value and 3 dB below (2 black bars = average tyre) or more than 3 dB below the future limit value (1 black bar = low noise tyre). NB: The tyre external rolling noise is not entirely correlated to vehicle interior noise.

 

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