For over a year, new tyres have had an EU tyre label that helps customers compare different tyres. However, many drivers are still not aware of the label. The label is reminiscent of the energy efficiency labels on household appliances, and you should study it carefully, as it will help you compare the tyres in terms of safety and economy.
New tyres have had the EU tyre label since November 2012. The label describes the wet grip, rolling noise, and fuel economy of the tyre.
Wet grip is especially important on Finnish summer roads, and you should pay special attention to it when choosing your summer tyres. In the EU tyre label classification, A means the best grip, while F is the worst.
– It should be noted that the label provides no information concerning aquaplaning or the tyre's handling on wet surfaces. It only measures braking distance on wet roads, notes Matti Morri, Technical Customer Service Manager for Nokian Tyres.
Rolling resistance is used to measure the tyre's fuel efficiency. The better the class is the less fuel is consumed.
– A high-quality tyre can generate significant savings in terms of fuel costs. With an A class tyre, for example, a car will consume approximately 0.1 litres less fuel per one hundred kilometres than when driving with a class B tyre, Morri explains.
When comparing the best rating with the worst one, yearly fuel savings can amount to approximately 90 litres.
The external rolling noise label explains how loud the tyre 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, using three classes. The more black bars there are on the sticker, the higher the external rolling noise is.