The energy lost when a tyre is in motion is known as 'rolling resistance'. This has a direct impact on fuel consumption.
A tyre's rolling resistance score ranges from A to G. Over the life of the tyre, fitting an A rated tyre could save you up to 6 litres of fuel when compared to a G rated tyre.
A tyre's wet grip capacity is expressed in Grades from A to G.
The difference in braking distances between each grade is roughly 3m - an average car length. This makes average stopping distance between an A and G rated tyre 18m. That's 4 car lengths.
The exterior noise grade of a tyre is expressed in decibels - accompanied by one, two or three sound waves, with one wave being the best noise level performance.
To achieve the best grade, a tyre’s noise level must be at least 3dB under the legal limit set by the EU.
- The double-concave shaped grooves and increased groove volume in the tread centre promotes smooth water flow through the grooves and improves water dispersion.
- Directional sipes in the tyre shoulders and tread centre provides improved support when braking, resulting in shorter stopping distances in both the wet and dry.
- There are three indicators on both the inner and outer shoulder. Incorrect track alignment and/or camber settings are identified if the indicator grooves on both shoulders are unevenly worn. Poor wheel alignment can be identified and rectified early, thus achieving a higher mileage through avoiding uneven wear.