THE 2021/22 EU TYRE LABEL GUIDE EXPLAINED

European Union tyre labels provide you with more transparency when choosing the right tyre for you. The label grades the tyre’s performance in relation to fuel efficiency, grip in wet conditions, and rolling noise. This allows you to make a more informed decision when comparing different tyres for your vehicle.

The best place to get new tyres for your vehicle is your local Ford Dealer.

Our specialists can advise you on relevant tyre safety laws, show you what to look out for when checking your tyres, and will be happy to guide you in finding the right new tyre for your Ford, based on your driving patterns and available budget.

We offer a range of tyres at competitive recommended retail prices, including fitting and balance, standard valves and disposal, and will check all wheel components for you during the course of the tyre fitting.

Rolling resistance

ROLLING RESISTANCE (FUEL EFFICIENCY)

Your tyre’s fuel efficiency is not only important in reducing the cost of driving but also in reducing CO2 emissions. Fuel efficiency is measured according to the rolling resistance of the tyres in grades A to E, where A is the most fuel efficient and E is the least fuel efficient. The difference between grade A and grade E means a reduction or increase in fuel consumption of up to 7.5%.

GRIP IN WET CONDITIONS

Wet grip is a critical safety feature and relates to the ability of the tyre to stop a vehicle quickly on wet roads. The difference between each grade means an increase or decrease in stopping distance between one or two car lengths (3 to 6 metres) when braking from 50 mph. The difference between categories A and E is more than 18 metres in stopping distance.

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ROLLING NOISE – EXTERIOR NOISE EMISSIONS

This is the external noise made by the tyre and is measured in decibels. Tyre noise is identified by grades of A to C, where A is the quietest.

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA

The new EU Lebel is designed to display 3 characteristics; however, the following performance factors are also to be considered:

  • Aquaplaning
  • Driving stability
  • Steering precision
  • Durability
  • Braking characteristic (on dry road surfaces)
  • Performance in winter conditions
  • Cornering grip
  • Handling

The EU Tyre Label helps you to evaluate qualities that are to be considered when purchasing tyres. However, the criteria above should not be forgotten. Tyre tests, your dealer’s recommendation, and information provided by the tyre manufacturer are all still essential when finding the right tyre for you.

If you are unsure, please speak to your Ford Dealer. One of our specialists will be happy to advise you.

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