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EU Tire label explained

Similar to the energy label found on domestic appliances, the new EU tire label makes it easy to evaluate important safety and environmental aspects of a tire. Explore the links below to find out more.

Viewing tire label information

The EU tire label will be displayed as a sticker on all new tires from November 2012. All dealers are obliged to provide this information. You can also view EU ratings for each Sava tire on our website.

Label values shown are for illustrative purposes only. Values for a certain tire line/size may vary.

As much as 20% of your vehicle’s fuel consumption relates to the rolling resistance of your tires. This is the resistance that the tire encounters as it meets the ground. An easy-rolling tire requires less fuel, since a smaller amount of energy is wasted on friction and heat.

Fuel efficiency is rated using 7 different categories, ranging from A (most fuel-efficient category) to G (least fuel-efficient category). Category D is not used for passenger cars.

Other factors that affect fuel consumption

For optimal fuel efficiency, make sure your tires are correctly inflated. Low tire pressure increases rolling resistance and impacts on wet grip performance. The weight of your vehicle and your personal driving style can also make a big difference. Energy-efficient driving, or “eco-driving,” can significantly reduce your fuel consumption.

Label values shown are for illustrative purposes only. Values for a certain tire line/size may vary.

Wet grip is an important consideration when buying new tyres. The EU rating is determined by measuring the tyre’s braking distance on wet surfaces.

Wet grip is rated from A (category with the shortest braking distance) to F (category with the longest braking distance).

Ratings D and G are not used for passenger cars.

Note: You should always respect the recommended stopping distances when driving.

Label values shown are for illustrative purposes only. Values for a certain tyre line/size may vary.

Tires generate a portion of your vehicle’s pass-by noise. Buying tires with a good noise rating will lessen the impact of your driving on the environment around you.

The tire’s external noise level is shown as a decibel value. The sound wave icons indicate if the tire noise is below or above forthcoming European limits.

  • 1 black wave: Quiet (3dB or more below the future European limit)
  • 2 black waves: Moderate (between the future European limit and 3dB below)
  • 3 black waves: Noisy (above the future European limit)

Label values shown are for illustrative purposes only. Values for a certain tire line/size may vary.