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New European Tire Label - Not For Motorcycles

  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under  Safety
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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European Tire label
Starting on the 1st of November 2012, Europe has a new mandatory labeling system for tires. The new label gives consumers good information about the tires they are about to purchase, and might just increase tire technology & competition between the manufacturers.

The label is divided into 3 parts;

Tire Label Fuel Efficiency
The top left part shows you the fuel consumption of the tire. The more the tire heats up, the more fuel it uses and more more CO2 is emits.. Tires graded "A" are far more economical with fuel than tires graded "G". For a vehicles that does 36 mpg, each grade represents between 0.42 and 0.56 mph extra fuel usage.

Tire Label Wet Grip
The top right part shows the tires braking distance ability when it's wet. "A" rated tires brake better than "F" rated. The difference between an "A" and an "F" is about 18 meters.

Tire Label Noise
The bottom part of the label shows you the noise the tires generate. The value is expressed in waves. One wave is twice as silent as 2 waves. The sound is measured at a constant speed of 80 kph with the engine switched off.

So it's an interesting and useful information label. The only big issue I have it's only valid for car tires. Motorcycle tires are excluded from the labelling law. Why?

So motorcycles not consume fuel? Do they not need to know their braking distances in the wet?

Click here for more information about the tire labels Open Ec.Europa link in a new window.

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