Maxxis welcomes the introduction of the new EU tyre information label.
The following information is what you need to know about this new label.
The way you drive - doing your bit.
Fuel Savings and Road Safety depend heavily on the way you drive.
Eco Driving can significantly cut fuel consumption. Maintain a steady speed at low revs per minute and shift up early.
Tyre pressure affects both wet grip and fuel efficiency - regularly check your tyres and make sure that they are at the recommended pressure.
Make sure you allow yourself time to stop. A safe stopping distances should always be maintained.
Maxxis is doing its best in developing tyres that meet safety and environmental standards. If you have any further questions please contact us at Maxxis.
Most new car tyres now carry a label with information about the tyre's fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise performance. This follows European regulation 1222/2009 aimed at reducing fuel consumption and helping motorists make better informed choices.
Why regulate tyre labelling?
Tyres make an important contribution to road safety and to the environmental impact of road transport. However, all tyres don't offer the same performance.
The Regulation enables consumers to make more informed choices when buying tyres. The EU's targeted outcome is that road safety will improve and that the environmental impact of road transport will be reduced.
What does the labelling introduce?
Tyres are graded according to wet grip, fuel efficiency and external noise. The presentation is based on the familiar EU energy efficiency label.
The fuel efficiency label resembles the familiar energy labelling on white goods, with A as the best and G the worst. The difference between the two can equate to as much as 7.5% more fuel used.
Fuel use depends on the tyre’s rolling resistance. Overall, tyres are responsible for around 20% of a vehicle’s fuel consumption.
Two things affect this - tyre pressure and tyre construction.
Low tyre pressures increase rolling resistance and hence fuel consumption.
Tyre manufacturers try to use materials and manufacturing techniques that will reduce rolling resistance at the recommended pressure, whilst being careful not to reduce rolling resistance too far which can adversely affect stopping distance in the wet. EU regulations are also continuing to set lower maximum limits.
To ensure safety standards are maintained at the same time as improving fuel use, the EU has introduced minimum levels of wet grip performance.
The new label shows wet grip performance measured under strictly controlled conditions and graded from A down to G.
The difference in stopping distance between grades will be 1-2 car lengths when braking from 50mph. The difference in braking distance between best and worst will be about 30%.
This rating measures the external noise made by a passing vehicle in decibels. Tyre noise heard outside doesn't neccesarily reflect tyre noise heard inside.Tyre noise affects the environment. To help reduce road transport noise, tyre manufacturers have to comply with regulations setting increasingly stringent maximum limits for the external noise that tyres generate. The label shows the tyre’s external noise level, measured in decibels. A single black 'sound wave' shows that the tyre's noise level is 3dB better than the future European limit. Two black 'sound waves' denotes that the tyre meets the future European limit. Three black 'sound waves' indicates that the tyre only meets the current European limit for noise.
NOTE: Tyre labels don’t tell the whole story. There are other considerations when comparing tyres, such as:
- tyre life
- performance on dry roads
- tyre handling characteristics
- wet road performance
- comfort and ride quality
When did the regulation come into force?
- From 1st November 2012 retailers in the EU have had to provide consumers with information regarding the performance of tyres offered for sale that were manufactured from 1st July 2012. (Date of production code 2712 or greater).
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What Information Should Consumers Receive from Maxxis Retailers?
- Retailers must ensure that tyres, at the point of sale, bear the sticker or have a label in their close proximity which is shown to the end-user before the sale.
- They must give the information during the purchase process if the tyres offered for sale are not visible to the end-user (for passenger and light commercial vehicles tyres)
- They must also give the information on or with the invoices/bill (for passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and truck/bus tyres)
Dedicated Tyre Tech Website
Maxxis has a dedicated site to help dealers search for technical tyre data. The tools.maxxis.eu site allows users to search by pattern, section width, aspect ratio and rim size to find the exact tyre and its relevant tyre labelling information.
There is also a widget that users can download, available in a number of different languages, that can be added to a website or web page. The widget enables users to filter according to category, width, aspect ratio, rim, load index and speed index before delivering specific printable EU regulation tyre labels.