Daily Telegraph questions the reliability of EU tyre labels

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Buying new tyres can be very daunting, unless you are simply swapping like-for-like. It was very interesting therefore to read an article in the Daily Telegraph last Saturday in which James Foxall looked at how helpful the relatively new tyre label initiative is when it comes to making a decision.

Tyre labelling

The labels were introduced by the EU two years ago to rate tyres in three key areas; wet grip, fuel economy and noise emissions, in an attempt to ‘demystify’ the business of buying tyres. It was also hoped they would promote wider use of fuel-efficient and safe tyres with low noise levels.

However, Foxall pointed out: “But according to some in the industry, the labels are at best confusing and at worst misleading”.

The article goes on to make the point, among others, that “Labels don’t mention dry grip. Michelin points out that 70 per cent of crashes happen dry roads. There’s also cornering grip and aquaplaning to consider. You only have to look at the results of independent tyre tests to see that because a tyre grips in the wet it doesn’t follow that it’ll stick to the road or stop quickly in the dry?”

While the feature raised other questions about the reliability of the labels, it also stressed in conclusion: “So if you’re looking for tyres, study independent tests and internet forums, rather than labels, to decide which is best”.

etyres has compiled a guide to interpreting tyre labels so motorists can gain more information and a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of a tyre they are considering. However, we also stress the importance of checking out independent tyre tests and regularly feature reports about awards and accolades garnered by tyre companies, for example, the fact that the new Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1 has claimed the top spot in the 2015 Auto Express Winter Tyre test.

For Motorists who want expert and impartial advice about which tyres suit their vehicle, driving style and budget, etyres is always happy to offer guidance. Customers can call the national sales team on 0800 028 9000 or engage online in a live chat conversation accessed through on the etyres website.

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