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How does the EU tire label help you buy tires?

The classification criteria on the tire label serve you as a driver to choose the right tire for you by making it easy to compare between the tire models with standardised classification information.

Find the best tires for your car

The EU tire label has been mandatory on all summer, all-season and non-studded winter tires for passenger cars, SUVs, vans, trucks and buses sold in the EU area since 2012. With the classification criteria of fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise as well as snow and ice grip for winter tires, its aim has been to make it easier for drivers to choose safer and more fuel-efficient tires. The label is a sticker attached to the tire's tread, but the information is also available online at tire manufacturers' and resellers webpages as well as at tire shops.

 

WET GRIP

Safety on wet

In the EU tire label classification of wet grip, A means the best grip, while E is the weakest. Especially for summer tires wet grip is important in terms of safety, as it indicates the car's braking abilities on wet roads. Tires with excellent wet grip have a shorter braking distance, more stable handling, and better driveability.

FUEL EFFICIENCY

greener and More economical driving

Fuel efficiency is shown on the label in a scale from A to E. The class A tire affects the vehicles fuel consumption least and class E most. A high-quality tire can generate significant savings in terms of fuel costs. With an A class tire, for example, a car can consume 0.1 liters less fuel per one hundred kilometers than when driving with a class B tire. When comparing the best rating with the worst one, yearly fuel savings can amount to approximately 90 liters.

 

ROLLING NOISE

LESS NOISE POLLUTION

The external rolling noise label explains how loud the tire sounds to people outside the vehicle. In other words, it does not indicate the interior noise of the vehicle. The external rolling noise is indicated in decibels and the letters A, B and C indicate the volume of sound, A being the quietest.

SNOW GRIP AND ICE GRIP

Safety IN winter

In addition to the values above, a tire that is approved for severe snow conditions has the Snow Grip Marking, and a tire that passes the international ice grip test method, has the Ice Grip Marking on their label. These markings will best tell you about the tire’s abilities to manage winter roads safely. The EU tire label is not applied to studded tires, so when choosing tires, also take into account your usual driving conditions.