Tyre labelling: not comprehensive enough?

Posted on May 31, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Bought in in 2012, the current tyre labelling system is designed to assist drivers in weighing up the pros and cons between brands and hopefully encourages the uptake of fuel efficient tyres. The label carries three ratings, with the main two presented in the same way as the energy rating labels on electrical appliances. First is fuel efficiency (rolling resistance) rated from A (the best) to G (the worst) with up to a 7.5% difference between the extremes of the scale. Next is wet grip, rated in the same way, which indicates the stopping distance in wet conditions. The difference here between best and worst is as much as 30%. Finally, there is a noise rating in decibels, with an indication for how much quieter the tyres are than the EU regulations.

This system of labelling is clearly targeted to encourage choices based on environmental concerns and safety but it’s far from being comprehensive. Factors like dry grip, wet weather handling and ride comfort are not considered and the driver will have to look to consumer reviews to get the complete picture when choosing tyres.

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