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From the 1st November 2012 most new tyres will carry a new information label giving information on tyre safety (wet braking) and the tyre’s impact on the environment (rolling resistance and external noise).
The graphics on the label may be familiar as they are already used for household appliances and more recently for new cars, but what are the benefits for consumers?
What else matters when choosing tyres?
Labelling is a good start, but many only three attributes are shown and other performance factors are just as important for you when choosing a tyre.
Close-up of a tread wear indicator
Fuel-efficiency is graded from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).
Save up to £110 or 80 litres of fuel over the life of the tyres.
A car fitted with four A-rated tyres driving at 50mph uses 7.5% less fuel than one with G-rated.
Braking on wet roads
This grades a tyre on how well it brakes in wet conditions. Performance ranges from A (the safest, stopping in the shortest distances) down to G (least safe, with longest braking distances).
Stop up to 4 car lengths shorter. For a car fitted with four A-rated tyres driving at 50 mph, stopping distance can be up to 18 metres or 30%1 shorter than with G-rated tyres.
Braking on wet roads
This grades a tyre on how well it brakes in wet conditions. Performance rangess from A (the safest, stopping in the shortest distances) down to G (least safe, with longest braking distances).
Stop up to 4 car lengths shorter. For a car fitted with four A-rated tyres driving at 50 mph, stopping distance can be up to 18 metres or 30% shorter than with G-rated tyres.
This diagram shows you a tyre’s noise level in decibels (dB). The 3-wave pictogram tells you how it rates in relation to future European mandatory limits. Tyre noise heard outside the car doesn’t necessarily relate to what you hear inside the car.
3 black waves = Noisier tyre. Level greater than the future limit but complies with today’s noise regulation
2 black waves = Average tyre. Noise level equal to or below future limit by up to 3 dB(A)
1 black wave = Low noise tyre. Noise level 3 dB (A) or more below future noise limit
3dB doesn’t sound much but it is actually double the noise level!
If you're still unsure which tyre to choose, don’t worry – We will provide you with advice by asking you questions about what’s important to you, and what type of driving you do.
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