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.
From A (most efficient) to G (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 difference in fuel consumption between A and G-rated tyres could be as much as 7.5%*. For an average passenger vehicle, that is around 0.65L per 100km.
From A (best) to G (worst). Braking response is one important element of your tyre's performance in the wet and is essential for your safety. The difference in braking distance between A and G-rated tyres could be as much as 30%*. For a passenger car travelling at 80kph, for example, that can mean up to 18m in the case of full braking in wet-weather conditions.
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.
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.
Your truck tyre expert can help you manage the entire lifecycle of your tyres, ensuring the longest period of optimum performance.
The European Tyre Label is a good indicator of basic tyre performance. However, it is far from the end of the story. Your safety and comfort demand the best performance from your tyres in all conditions and for their entire lifespan.
Which is why Bridgestone pays meticulous attention to many parameters not covered by the new label when designing, developing, testing and constructing its tyres: wet-weather handling, dry braking performance, high-speed stability, resistance to aquaplaning, wear resistance, comfort and interior noise.
In the case of winter tyres, Bridgestone also develops advanced compound and tread technologies to ensure handling characteristic, braking, acceleration and steering response at low temperatures and on snow and ice.
Together, all these criteria tell the real story behind premium tyres, and guide you in buying the suitable tyre for your driving requirements.