Whether you need a quick fix with a budget tyre, or are looking to upgrade all four with a set of premium tyres; dedicated companies such as Tyres on the Drive are there to provide the best tyres at the best prices.
To help clear things up, the European Union has released a new Tyre label to help you understand just what you are getting from new tyres.
Since November 2012, it is now illegal for any tyres to be sold in Europe without this label.
So what do the ratings take into account?
Rolling resistance (top left diagram)
Fuel efficiency is very important, as not only does it save you money, but it is also good for the environment as the rolling resistance of a tyre can help reduce CO2 emissions.
The difference between each grade means a reduction or increase of fuel consumption between 2.5-4.5 per cent.
Wet grip (top right diagram)
When driving conditions are poor, the grip of a tyre is critical so that a vehicle can stop in the appropriate time as stopping distances are dramatically increased on wet and slippery roads. The grading here rises to ‘A’, though ‘D’ and ‘G’ are not used on the scale.
The difference between each grade represents an increase or decrease in a stopping distance of two car lengths (between 3 and 6 metres) when braking at 50mph.
Noise (Bottom Diagram)
The external noise of a tyre is also measured by the rating label. The more black bars that are shown on the diagram, the louder that the tyre is while driving.
Can the labelling system save you money?
Through the labelling system, you can of course work out which tyres are best suited to both you and your budget. You should be able to work out just how much money to spend with how much fuel you will potentially save via the tyres.
According to Jorn Madslien of the BBC:
“Given that budget tyres can cost less than £40 each while premium tyres sometimes cost twice or three times as much, what can be said is that in monetary terms the savings could equate to the price of two or three tanks of fuel per year, which is enough to pay for a few tyres.”
Europe will not be the only place to have introduced a tyre labelling system however, as Brazil are currently putting the finishing touches to their own system, with the United States expected to follow suit very soon.