The European Tyre Label
What you need to know
As of 1 November 2012, new tyre label regulations are in force to help promote safer, more economical and more environmentally friendly road transport in Europe. The new labels indicate tyre performance in three key areas: braking in wet conditions, exterior noise and rolling resistance.
The rest of the story
Although the information contained in the new tyre labels is important, it only tells part of the story when it comes to the total performance, life and user satisfaction of Bridgestone tyres. In addition to these 3 basic criteria, other important elements must be taken into account when purchasing new tyres.
Bridgestone tyres offer high mileage performance independent of label values.
Selecting the right tyre for each application and position will ensure even safer, more economical use.
Proper tyre maintenance is essential to maximising tyre performance: Tyre pressure has a significant effect on tyre life and fuel consumption. Maintaining the correct pressure keeps performance at optimum levels. Timely repairs, re-torquing and rotation measurements will also extend the life and value of your tyres.
The excellent retreadability of the Bridgestone tyres extends their life and performance, further reducing fleet operational costs. Bridgestone casings are built to last and perfectly fit the highly advanced Bandag retreading process.
- Vehicle characteristics (age, air resistance), vehicle maintenance and correct axle alignment.
- Driving conduct
- Extra traction for situations where more control and better handling is required.
Fuel efficiencyWet gripExterior noise
From A (most efficient) to least efficient
Rolling resistance is one factor of your tyres that can affect your fuel consumption. The lower the rolling resistance, the less fuel is required to move your vehicle forward and the less carbon emissions are generated. The effect varies depending on the vehicle and driving conditions. However, the difference between a G and an A class for a complete set of tyres could reduce fuel consumption for trucks up to 20%.*
European Commission’s impact Assessment SEC (2008) 2860.
7 classes from A (best wet grip) to worst wet grip
Braking response is one important element of your tyre's performance in the wet and is essential for your safety. The effect may vary depending on the vehicle and driving conditions. However, in the case of full braking, the difference between a G and an A class for a complete set of tyres could be up to 30% shorter braking distances.
3 ratings from 1 (quietest) to 3 (least quiet)
Exterior tyre noise is measured in decibels (dB) and compared with the new European tyre exterior noise levels to be introduced in 2016.
1 black sound wave
already 3dB below the future European limit
2 black sound waves
already compliant with the future European limit
3 black sound waves
compliant with the current European limit