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EU Tyre Label

What else should be considered when choosing new tyres?

The EU Tyre label is designed to show information regarding 3 criteria. However, there are many other important performance factors to consider including:


  • Resistance to aquaplaning
  • Driving stability
  • Handling and steering precision
  • Durability
  • Braking performance
  • Capabilities in winter conditions

At least there are up to 11 relevant factores that standard tyre tests include in addition to the label criteria (see table below).

Automotive manufacturers require the very highest standard across all these performance factors before they approve tyres for their new vehicles.

Furthermore, widely published tyre tests also take these performance factors into account and therefore continue to be an excellent source of independent information regarding the total performance of a tyre.

Statement - ADAC motorwelt 3/2010

"With effect from 2012 tyres will be marked with an „energy label“ similar to the one seen on new fridges. We believe: It’s good that the EU has defined a Tyre Label with regards to energy efficiency, wet grip and noise. With it drivers can obtain some information about a tyre’s properties. The statutory labelling however cannot replace the comprehensive and detailed ADAC tyre test as the best source of information to assist a purchase decision."

 

Test CriteriaTyre LabelTyres Tests
Dry
Driving StabilityNoYes
HandlingNoYes
BrakingNoYes
Wet
BrakingYesYes
Aquaplaning -longitudeNoYes
Aquaplaning - latitudeNoYes
HandlingNoYes
Cornering gripNoYes
Noise
Noise insideNoYes
Noise outsideYesYes
Rolling resistanceYesYes
WearNoYes
PAH* oil levelNoYes
High speedNoYes
Legend
Yesincluded*Polycyclic Aromatic
Nonot includedHydrocarbons

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