EU tyre labels

EU tyre labels provide clear information on the safety and environmental characteristics of the tyre. Each of these can change depending on the tyre that you choose. These labels are split into three categories, Fuel Efficiency, Wet Grip and Noise:

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Fuel Efficiency - Rolling Resistance(A-G)

A Grade - The most fuel efficient tyres, 7.5% better than grade G tyres when fitted in a set of 4*<BR/>(European Commission's impact assessment SEC (2008) 2860)

B Grade - A Fuel efficient tyre only slightly behind grade A tyres

C Grade - Above average fuel efficient tyre but still several percent below that of a grade A tyre.

D Grade - Not used

E Grade - Below average fuel efficiency, however there may in some cases be a good reason why the rolling resistance is higher, for example where tyres are specifically designed for more grip, such as sports car tyres or winter tyres.

F Grade - Not a very fuel efficient tyre - could be up to 6% worse than a grade A tyre. However there may in some cases be a good reason why the rolling resistance is higher, for example where tyres are specifically designed for more grip, such as sports car tyres or winter tyres.

G Grade - The worst tyres for fuel efficiency - uses 7.5% more fuel than grade A tyres when fitted in a set of 4 However there may in some cases be a good reason why the rolling resistance is higher, for example where tyres are specifically designed for more grip, such as sports car tyres or winter tyres. *(European Commission's impact assessment SEC (2008) 2860)

Wet Grip(A-G)

A Grade - The best quality tyres to stop in the wet, stopping on average 18m shorter than a car on grade G tyres (on a wet road when braking from 50mph - testing according to regulation EC1222/2009)

B Grade - Nearly the best quality tyres to stop in the wet, stopping only 3m more than a grade A tyre but on average 15m shorter than a car on grade G tyres (on a wet road when braking from 50mph - testing according to regulation EC1222/2009)

C Grade - Above average quality tyres to stop in the wet, stopping only 6m more than a grade A tyre but on average 12m shorter than a car on grade G tyres (on a wet road when braking from 50mph - testing according to regulation EC1222/2009)

D Grade - Not used

E Grade - Below average quality tyres to stop in the wet, stopping a further 9m more than a car on grade A tyres but on average 9m shorter than a car on grade G tyres (on a wet road when braking from 50mph - testing according to regulation EC1222/2009)

F Grade - Well below average quality tyres to stop in the wet, stopping a further 12m more than a car on grade A tyres but on average 6m shorter than a car on grade G tyres (on a wet road when braking from 50mph - testing according to regulation EC1222/2009)

G Grade - The worst tyres for stopping in the wet. A car on grade G tyres will on average take an extra 18m to stop (on a wet road when braking from 50mph - testing according to regulation EC1222/2009)

Noise(67-79 Db) - Applies to all 13 variations

dB - Exterior noise level measured in decibels (dB). The lower the exterior noise level the better the environment near busy roads

Sound Wave(1-3) 1 Bar - Below future EU noise limits

2 Bars - Meets future EU noise limits

3 Bars - At least 3dB's above future EU noise limit (although meets current limit)