‘Best Tyres’ are tyres that are readily available and have the best possible label for the three categories Energy, Safety (wet grip) and external Noise according to EU Regulation 122/2009. The reason for this ‘definition’ is that ‘Triple A tyres’ (the best score for all three categories) are not yet widely available.
The three categories of the tyre label range from A to G for Energy efficiency and Safety (braking distance on a wet surface). For external Noise (that often determines the noise quality inside the car) the label ranges from one to three waves. More detailed information behind the ranges A-G for fuel use and safety and the noise waves can be found here.
How to choose the Best Tyres?
The information below is also available in a small video.
For replacement of worn tyres:
- Establish tyre size, load index and speed symbol (usually written on the tyres).
- Select your required tyre based on the label. The EU tyre label is obligatory on all new tyres for sale in the EU, at all points of sale including internet
- Check the tyre tests available on internet, to help you make a choice.
- Consult your tyre dealer and discuss your choice with him, he may have some useful suggestions.
N.B. For the replacement of tyres for heavy duty vehicles (C3 tyres) you can choose retreaded tyres. The tyre tread wears out faster than the casing. Retreading gives the casing a new life. Advantages are manifold, financial and environmental, without compromising on the quality of the tyre. Retreading of tyres is normal practice for airplane tyres. Read more about retreading here.
Tyres on new vehicles are usually ‘premium’ tyres and score high on the tyre label. You may ask before buying a vehicle to have the Best Tyres on the car. And this of course at no extra cost. Certainly, for large contracts you will have a better bargaining position.
Once you have bought a new vehicle or replaced worn tyres maintenance is important, for safety but also for financial reasons. Check your tyres every two month’s for tyre pressure, tread depth and damage