The classification criteria (fuel efficiency, wet grip, and noise) simplify and guide the tyre purchase decision. Standardised classification information is available to consumers on a label attached to the tread or through another means of communication. In addition to the three characteristics, there are a number of other factors related to safety, performance, and the environment that tyre developers and testers take into account, such as:
- Safety characteristics on ice and snow
- Ability to withstand aquaplaning
- Handling characteristics and steering precision
"When buying a tyre, the consumer should note that these three criteria are by no means the only characteristics in a tyre"
Fuel savings and road safety are highly dependent on the driver’s behaviour. Take into account the following issues:
- Economic driving can significantly reduce fuel consumption
- To optimise road safety and driving comfort, tyre pressure needs to be checked at regular intervals
- If the tyre pressure is too low, the tyre wears out much quicker than usual; it also affects fuel consumption and poses a clear risk in terms of road safety
- A responsible motorist is always aware of the properties and condition of his/her tyres. Only a driver who knows the vehicle and tyres can adjust the speed and safety distance to match the current weather.