THE EUROPEAN TIRE LABELING REGULATION
The European tire labeling regulation introduces labeling requirements concerning the presentation of information regarding fuel economy, traction on wet roads and environmental rolling noise of the tires. Its purpose is to increase the safety and the environmental and economical efficiency of cargo-transportation by promoting fuel economy, reliable and low noise tires. This regulation allows the consumers to make more informed choices when purchasing tires, by taking this information into account, along with other factors they should take into consideration when making the purchase decision.
The consumers should know that the actual fuel economy and the safety heavily depends on driving behavior.
- The economical driving can significantly reduce fuel consumption.
- The tire's pressure should be proper and controlled consistently, for optimum fuel economy and grip performance on wet roads.
- Braking distances should be strictly followed.
The consumers should be aware of these 3 criteria, which however important they may be, they are not the only performance factors.
Besides the three main criteria introduced in the EU tire label, there are many other performance factors that contribute to the manufacture of a genuine leading tire. This is an additional reason to consult, beyond the EU tire label, recommendations supplied by manufacturers and dealers.
Especially on winter tires, the EU tire label has limited value, because it does not contain information about winter properties, such as grip on snow and braking on snow and ice.