Tyres are important for all vehicles, as not only do they get us to where we are going, but they also keep us safe on our journeys.
As there is such a huge variety of tyres, both in size and quality, the EU has recently released a guideline so that drivers understand just what they are getting from their new tyres.
Since November 2012, it is now illegal for any tyres to be sold in Europe without this label.
This is important, as there are so many providers, including quality online stores such as Tyres on the Drive, who provide a wide range of different tyres.
In fact, it is actually illegal for a tyre company to sell you a tyre in Europe without having the EU labelling system on the product.
So how do the ratings work?
Within the label itself, there are three simple and easy to understand sections including rolling resistance, wet grip and noise pollution.
Rolling resistance (top left diagram)
The rolling resistance of a tyre is importan,t as not only does it help you save money on fuel, but it is also good for the environment, as the fuel efficiency of a tyre can help reduce CO2 emissions.
As the resistance is graded on a scale from A to G, you’ll be interested to know that each grade represents an increase or reduction in fuel consumption between 2.5-4.5 per cent.
Wet Grip (Top Right Diagram)
Possibly the most important diagram on the label, the wet grip measures the potential grip of a tyre while driving in wet and adverse weather conditions.
Here, stopping distances play a key role in the grading of a tyre with the scale rising through to ‘A’. Bear in mind though, that ‘D’ and ‘G’ are not utilised on the scale.
The difference between each grade represents an increase or decrease of a stopping distance by two car lengths, which is roughly between 3 and 6 metres.
All scales are judged of a car braking at a speed of 50mph.
Noise (Bottom Diagram)
The external noise of an individual tyre is also rated, with the more black bars being found on the diagram representing how loud the tyre actually is while driving.
How can this system help you save money?
By following the new system, you can work out precisely what you can afford in comparison or contrast to the quality of tyre that you desire.
More interestingly, you should also be able to work out how much money to spend in comparison to how much you could potentially save via the quality of the tyre.
The EU itself says:
“If you drive a typical passenger car travelling 15 534 mi(25 000 km) per year (6 213 mi (10 000 km) urban, 9 321 mi(15 000 km) inter-urban), you can save fuel costs between £135–£185 per year.