- Under inflated tyres can not only overheat increasing the chances of it bursting, but also lead to poor handling of your vehicle.
- Low pressure on the front axle will increase understeer , whereas low pressure on the rear axle will increase oversteer.
- Over inflated and under inflated tyres suffer more damage than those with the correct pressure and need to be changed more often.
- Vehicles with under-inflated tyres have increased rolling resistance that requires more fuel to maintain the same speed.
- Correct tyre pressure helps to maintain optimum fuel efficiency.
- This equates to lower Co2 emissions from your vehicle and helps protect the environment.
- How to check
- These are often found in the following places:
- Your car’s manual
- Printed on the inside of the driver’s door
- Inside the petrol cap.
The tyre labelling regulation introduces labelling requirements with regard to the display of information on the fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise of tyres. Its aim is to increase the safety and the environmental and economic efficiency of road transport by promoting fuel-efficient and safe tyres with low noise levels. This regulation allows end-users to make more informed choices when purchasing tyres by considering this information along with other factors normally considered during the purchasing decision process.
Customers should be made aware that the actual fuel savings and road safety depend heavily on the behaviour of drivers, in particular the following: eco-driving can significantly reduce fuel consumption, the tyre pressure needs to be correct and regularly checked for optimum fuel efficiency and wet grip performance, stopping distances should always be strictly respected. Customers should be made aware that these 3 criteria, although important, are not the only performance parameters.
All tyres produced after 30 June 2012 must display the following information:
1. All passenger or commercial van tyres, on display or visible by the consumer must either carry the sticker displaying the tyre label directly on their tread (as provided by the manufacturer) OR must have a copy of the tyre label as provided by the manufacturer) in their immediate proximity.
2. Distributors must provide buyers with label fuel efficiency and wet grip classes and noise values and class of products even if not on display, before the sale.
3. The fuel efficiency and wet grip classes and noise class and values (but not the full image of the label) shall be included on the tyre technical promotional material like for example the price list, or websites.
4. Fuel Efficiency class, Wet grip class, and the external Rolling noise declared value have to be provided to the end consumer either on or with the bill.
These types of tyre are designed to cope with difficult conditions such as snow and ice and industry experts say they work far better than regular tyres in temperatures less than seven degrees, by dramatically reducing stopping distances.
And according to Met Office statistics, the average temperature in the UK from mid-November to the beginning of March, since 1980, is below seven degrees – so it may well be worth getting them fitted to your car.