The European Parliament has recently voted in favour of a labelling system for Tyres similar to that applied to Washing Machines and Refrigerators.
The labels will become mandatory in November 2012 and it is hoped that it will help consumers when trying to decide which tyre to buy by indicating the Tyres rating in three key areas.
The Fuel efficiency is indicated by Labels A to G, in which A, B and C are green (GOOD) through to E, F and G which are yellow, Orange and Red (POOR)
Fuel Efficiency is Measured as rolling resistance at 50mph, the lower the score the better the rating.
D remains blank at the moment
Again using the A-G system the tyres are rated on how far they travel when slowing down from 50 mph to 12 mph in wet conditions.
A bench mark was set and the percentage of the distance travelled was calculated,
The External rolling noise(the noise experienced by the surroundings, not the driver)will be indicated by an Icon of a Loud speaker and a number the indicates The Performance for Instance 68 for a 68db result UK TYRE LAW for cars - current tread depth legislation requires that car tyres must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread in a continuous band throughout the central ¾ of the tread width and over the whole circumference of the tyre.
Although this is the minimum UK requirement we recommend changing your tyres sooner than this as the tread is responsible for water dispersement in wet weather conditions, and the tyres ability is much better with 3mm or more compared to the 1.6mm minimum. A tyre at 1.6mm is only 55% as effective as new tyres when it comes to water dispersement in straight line braking.
www.tyresafe.org provides lots of information on tyre safety and what you need to be aware of to help keep you and your family safe when in your car, such as guides for checking air pressure.