Although you may not fully appreciate them, your tyres are one of the most important features of your car, because not only do they benefit your car’s handling, they also have the ability to improve your safety and fuel economy. This is very important when it comes to saving money on new tyres, because although they can be costly, they are definitely a worthwhile investment that is sure to save you money and improve your car in the long run.
Understanding tyre labels
As of November 1st 2012, new European regulations introduced a rule which meant that all new tyres must be sold with an accompanying label which states their performance on wet roads, their fuel economy and their road noise. This legislation is helping tyre customers like never before as they are given a simple and useful method of getting to know their tyres better and how they will benefit their driving. They are easy to read and use the same ratings system that you would normally find on household electricals like fridges and washing machines, with colour coding letters that detail their performance. The label is split into three sections and contains some useful information, which includes:
· Fuel economy: the tyres are rated from ‘A’ to ‘G’, with ‘A’ being the highest score available – it is in your best interest to purchase a tyre that gives you good fuel economy, because not only do they save you money on petrol, they are also good for the environment because they are made of a better compound.
· Wet performance: one of the most important aspects about a tyre is their ability to perform on wet roads. Your tyres are essentially what connects your car to the ground and can therefore have a massive impact on its performance, so if your tyres are of a poor quality then the risk of danger becomes a lot higher. A good wet performance tyre will reduce the risk of aquaplaning during bad weather and can also improve the breaking distance, which could be potentially life saving.
· Road noise: tyres are rated on a scale of three noise waves, as well as a decibel reading of the highest recorded rating for a tyre. Having a lower tyre noise decreases noise pollution and it also indicates that your tyre is running smoother on road surfaces, which can be beneficial for performance. Three noise waves indicate a louder noise rating, whereas one noise waves makes for a quieter ride.