What does the EU Tire Label tell you?
The new EU tire label provides important information about safety and environmental aspects of a tire. Similar to the energy label found on kitchen appliances, the EU tire label makes it easy to understand and compare a tire’s performance in terms of fuel efficiency, wet grip and external noise level.
What is the EU tire label?
It is a new EU Regulation which introduces a standardized label for tires that will provide consumers, fleet owners and professional tire purchasers with valuable information on three key tire performance aspects: Fuel Efficiency, Wet Grip, External Noise
What is the aim of the tire label?
The aim is to improve road safety and also the economic and environmental efficiency of road transport by promoting more fuel-efficient and safer tires with low noise levels. The regulation allows road users to make better-informed choices when buying tires.
What is the advantage for the consumer?
As with the energy efficiency label now displayed on fridges, washing machines and other appliances, the EU tire label gives the consumer a quick overview of a tire’s safety and environmental performance. Consumers can compare tires across three standardized parameters and see which tires consume less fuel, which have better wet grip and which offer lower noise output levels - all without compromising on their safety performance.
A vehicle’s fuel consumption is affected by the rolling resistance of its tires. By reducing rolling resistance - the resistance created when a tire rolls - the tire consumes less petrol, which also has a direct impact on the environment.
The grip of a tire on wet road surfaces is one of the most important safety aspects of its performance. Tires with very good grip on wet roads also have shorter braking distances when it rains.
This parameter refers to the external noise generated by a tire when it rolls across the road surface. Noise generated by a tire is expressed in waves: one black wave is the lowest noise level and three the highest. The aim of including noise emission as a parameter on the EU tire label is to help reduce traffic-related noise for communities.