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Do you know about the small label that comes with any electrical appliance that you buy? It tells you about its power consumption and performance.
EU tyre label is somewhat similar, except it informs you about the tyre's effect on safety and the environment. This label came into effect in 2012 with an aim to enhance road safety, reduce pollution, and help the car owners make an informed decision during the purchase of the tyres.
The EU tyre label covers three main components and looks something like this:
1. Fuel Efficiency Rating
This component of the label tells you about the rolling resistance rating, which has a direct and significant impact on the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. A frictional force is generated when a mobile body rolls over the stationary surface. This frictional force is termed as Rolling Resistance. Higher the friction, higher is the energy required by the mobile entity to roll on the fixed surface. This means, higher the rolling resistance value of your tyre, more the energy it consumes to roll on the road, resulting in decreased fuel efficiency.
Therefore, we recommend you to buy tyres with low or optimal rolling resistance as they improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle.
The rolling resistance rating is graded between A and G; D is not used. A-Grade tyres offer the most fuel efficiency whereas G-Grade tyres provide worse fuel efficiency. The difference in the percentage of fuel consumption between A and G rated tyres is 7.5%.
2. Wet Grip Rating
This component informs you about the gripping ability of your vehicle on a wet road surface. It is imperative your tyres are made of right components with a proper tread pattern that offers optimal braking distance, especially in wet, slippery conditions. A tyre with high wet grip rating boosts road safety and reduces the risk of aquaplaning in wet conditions.
The Wet Grip rating of the tyre is graded between A and G, with A-Grade tyres offering maximum wet grip performance. Grades D and, even G will not be used any more. The difference in braking distance between A and G rated tyres is 18m.
3. Noise Level Rating
If you have been driving in the UK for a long time, you know how strict the rules are when it comes to noise level emissions from the vehicles. Noise level rating, aka Rolling Noise rating, indicates the levels of noise emissions from your tyre.
Unlike the above two components, this component is not graded by letters, but rather by the number of black wave indicators. One black wave implies best noise-rating (i.e., 3db or more below the EU limit), whereas three black waves indicate worse noise rating.
The EU tyre label is aimed to help motorists and car owners understand and consider these factors while buying the tyres; thereby making an informed decision before the purchase.
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