We all have seen labels on vehicle tyres, haven’t we? These labels try to disseminate some information about the tyres through the pictorial medium. Do you understand what these labels are, how they came into being, and what they mean? If you don’t, you’re at the right place. Fleetline Tyre Services Ltd. understands the importance of consumer awareness; that is why, below is all the information you require to understand tyre labelling in the UK.
Vehicle tyre labelling is a consequence of an EU regulation from 2012. This regulation made it mandatory for tyre manufacturers to equip the tyres with labels manufactured after 1st November 2012. The regulation was passed in light of consumer awareness. It is to facilitate rational decision-making based on the crucial information that tyre labels provide. Broadly, the tyre labels cover aspects of safety and impact on the environment. The labels comprise of three pictures that denote three separate features - fuel economy, wet grip, and noise. Now, let’s try to understand the dynamics of these denotations.
The labels have a standardised range of A to G for denoting fuel economy, or tyre resistance to be more precise. Tyre resistance directly impacts the fuel consumption; that is why we’ve directly addressed fuel economy for the convenience of understanding. Coming back to the standardised range, ‘A’ denoted in green is for the most effective fuel economy. Whereas, ‘G’ denoted in red signals a bad fuel economy. The difference between the best and the worst can amount to a near 7.5%. Remember, tyres account for 20% of a vehicle’s fuel consumption. Keep that in mind when you go to buy a tyre.
Like fuel economy, wet grip is also pictorially depicted in a standardised range of A to G. A black arrow and white letter points towards the ratings of that tyre. What is worth noting is that the distance between each letter can be taken to be around 2.5 metres when braking from 50mph. This means that an ‘A’ rated tyre will come to a stop 18 metres before an ‘F’ rated tyre in wet conditions. Wet grip is a primary feature to evaluate the braking system of a vehicle, and also ensuring safety measures. It is not only wise, but also, smart to check with the wet grip of the tyre in accordance with the weather conditions in your area before buying it.
The denotation of noise on tyre labels is different from that of fuel economy and wet grip. Noise is denoted in the form of three ‘sound wave’ bars. The rating can be either one, two, or three black-coloured bars; the overall decibel rating is given in large white numbers. When we say ‘noise’, we mean the external noise rating i.e. the noise the tyre is causing. This factor is not only relevant in the context of tyre laws or environmental conservation, but it is also very much a factor relatable to your comfort and experience. One black bar means the tyre is 3db or more below future EU legislation. Two black bars mean the tyre meets current and future legislation. Whereas, three bars mean that the tyre meets current legislation, but will fail to meet the future legislation. However, you will be able to use it since you’ve already bought it.
Having explained what tyre labels mean and how to read the pictorial denotations, we expect that our customers are now well-equipped to make a rational decision, whenever they consider buying a new tyre. At Fleetline Tyres, we consider you family. We will provide you with every information that you need in order to make the right decision. All you have to do is drive-in!