The European tire label
The European Parliament has made mandatory the use of a tire label for new truck tires since 2012. The following 3 criteria must be mentioned on the mandatory tire label: fuel efficiency, the grip on a wet road surface and the external rolling noise of the tire.
What is not yet mentioned on the European tire label are the performance in aquaplanning and when braking on dry roads. The purpose of the European tire label is to raise awareness among consumers about safety and environmental aspects of truck tires during their purchase. The different tires can be compared more easily thanks to the label. This makes it easier for the consumer to make a decision when purchasing tires.
The fuel efficiency criterion
Of course, moving a truck costs fuel, on the tire label the different classes are indicated, from A to G.
Class A offers the least resistance and therefore consumes less fuel during the rolling of the tire and is therefore the most efficient in use.
A truck that is fully equipped with class A truck tires will use 15% less fuel than a truck equipped with tires from the tire group with the F class.
This already indicates how important this classification is.
What about the grip on a wet road surface?
How a truck tire lies on the road depends not only on the distribution of the load in the trailer, but also on the tire pressure and the driving behaviour of the driver. But the road holding is also dependent on the grip on the road surface during braking. The wet grip criterion again indicates in various classes which truck tire has the shortest braking distance at a speed of 80 kilometres per hour. The starting point here is a wet road surface. A truck that is fully equipped with Class A tires can require up to 22.5 meters less braking distance than a truck equipped with Class F tires.
External rolling noise, how high is the sound production?
The external rolling noise is the amount of noise that is observed when a truck drives, the noise produced by the truck tire during rolling.
The less noise a truck tire produces, the fewer waves are listed on the European label.
- 3 waves on the label indicate a high noise level that is still in line with the EU regulations
- 2 waves indicate an average noise level
- 1 wave indicates that the truck tire produces a low noise level
Which truck tire is the best choice?
The answer to this question depends on several factors that are important to you. What is your available budget, for example, and what is the preference for road holding?
When purchasing truck tires, the tire label can help you decide. Of course we can advise you on this. We are happy to discuss the possibilities with you in a personal conversation.
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