HiQ tyre labelling world A motorist's guide
Is tyre labelling the full story?
Here at HiQ, we’re always looking for ways to make things simpler and less complicated for our customers. That’s why we welcome the introduction of tyre labelling as an objective, reliable and comparable way of helping you decide which tyre is right for you.
But of course measuring just three factors can’t tell you the whole story about a tyre. There are many other factors, from dry handling and high speed stability to braking on ice and how many miles the tyre will do.Independent magazines often test 15 factors to reach a conclusion. And premium tyre manufacturers such as Goodyear and Dunlop will measure over 50 different factors for every tyre they put on the road.
Remember, if you need to get up a muddy hill over land across rough terrain, be safe on snow or ice, get through the snow or are looking for a high mileage tyre or a tyre that grips and holds the road in dry high-speed conditions? Then tyre labelling won’t be able to help you. Your local expert who is fully trained in all the performance criteria of every tyre can!
- Vibration/ comfort
Some examples of cases where the label won't give you the full story.
This case study highlights the key performance areas that are essential for informing tyre choices in adverse weather conditions. Tyre labelling does not reflect the performance of winter tyres effectively so HiQ offer the expertise to guide you.View case study
This case study highlights the key performance areas that are essential for informing tyre choices for off the road or 4 X 4 vehicles. Tyre labelling does not reflect the performance of 4 X 4 tyres effectively so HiQ offer the expertise to guide you.View case study
When the label won't help
The tyre label only covers 3 key areas, whereas independent surveys use 15 parameters and manufacturers use over 50. This guide shows you the additional criteria that you need to consider to suit your car, your specific driving needs and your driving style.View case study
Just some of the 50 performance parameters that premium tyre manufacturers test
Legislation only tests 3 criteria, magazines test 15 criteria, however tyre manufacturers test over 50 performance parameters in order to produce premium tyres. Only fully trained tyre experts who are up to speed with all the technical details of each tyre can give you the full story.
|Tyre Manufacturer Performance Criteria||EU tyre label criteria|
|Aquaplaning in curves||Yes||No|
|Aquaplaning in straights||Yes||No|
|High speed stability||Yes||No|
|Handling on snow and ice||Yes||No|
|Braking on snow and ice||Yes||No|