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The full story of tyre labelling

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.

The EU tyre label only specifies 3 criteria

Magazine independent tests specify 15 criteria

Tyre manufacturers analyse over 50 criteria

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!

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.

Criterium Tyre Manufacturers Performance Criteria EU Tyre Label Criteria
WET HANDLING Yes No
WET BRAKING Yes Yes
AQUAPLANING IN CURVES Yes No
AQUAPLANING IN STRAIGHTS Yes No
DRY HANDLING Yes No
DRY BRAKING Yes No
HIGH SPEED STABILITY Yes No
HEAVY HANDLING Yes No
TRACTION Yes No
ROLLING RESISTANCE Yes Yes
MILEAGE Yes No
INTERNAL NOISE Yes No
EXTERNAL NOISE Yes Yes
HANDLING ON SNOW AND ICE Yes No
BRAKING ON SNOW AND ICE Yes No

Just a sample of the 50 parameters in a typical tyre manufacturers car tyre test.