New Tyre Labels Benefit Motorists
Motorists can now choose tyres with confidence thanks to a new labelling system similar to those found on white goods.
Motorists can now choose tyres with confidence thanks to a new labelling system similar to those found on white goods. This includes three ratings: Wet Braking, Fuel Efficiency, and Exterior Noise. Wet Braking is classified from A to G with the former the best and the latter the worst. This is emphasised by colours ranging from green, through yellow/orange, to red. These ratings reveal – in relation to a benchmark - how far cars travel in the time it takes to slow from 50mph to 12mph. For example, tyres that fall 10-24% short of the benchmark are labelled E, and those 55% ahead A. Fuel Efficiency, once again, is marked A to G. The most efficient tyres barely deform under stress which saves fuel, but can hurt ride quality. Finally, Exterior Noise is calculated at 50mph with the engine off. It is shown in decibels with a computer-style three bar volume indicator. Quiet tyres, of course, make driving comfortable.Paul Everitt, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Chief Executive, said: “There are more than 150 million tyres currently on UK roads, so any information to help motorists understand crucial safety and performance characteristics is valuable, particularly given the safety improvements and fuel efficiency savings that can be gained from choosing the right tyre.” The tyre labelling system came into effect on November 1st 2012 following a vote in the European Parliament. Clearly, it enables motorists to compare products from numerous manufacturers and choose compounds – based on facts - according to their requirements. That is far preferable to relying on mechanic recommendations that could be based purely on stock levels. Labelling also enables motorists to save money by purchasing from less familiar companies, confident the products compare favourably to bigger brands. Excellent. Drivers Urged To Buy Winter Tyres