Tyre Talk: Warning! Beware of tyre labels

Ray Pantling, owner of Tyres Direct, recommends you to do your research on the tyres you buy, rather than trusting labels.

You might be surprised to learn that while tyre grading labels are now mandatory in the EU, there’s no independent body to verify them.

Instead its down to the tyre manufacturers themselves to grade their own products, so does this leave the door open for made-up ratings?

I personally make it my business to attend tyre testing track days and have discovered from experience that this is the case in many circumstances, in my opinion.

Anyway, the label on each new tyre must specifiy fuel consumption, wet grip and Ray Pantling, owner of Tyres Direct, recommends you to do your research on the tyres you buy, rather than trusting labels noise classification to help you make a more informed decision when shopping.

But I would strongly suggest you to look at tests by magazines such as Auto Express and independent tyre reviews.

Unlike the labels, they’re testing all round performance and not just a narrow window. For more info on this, pop in to see us at the address below or visit bletchleytyres.co.uk

This feature was published in the June 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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