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New tyre labelling due in November  18/04/2015

The way that you buy and consider new tyres will change completely later this year as the government introduce new tyre labelling legislations. At the moment, many motorists turn up at a garage and base the quality of the tyres on the different prices and the garages recommendations.

Whilst most garages will be totally honest, you are relying on their knowledge, and risk being sold the tyres they are trying to get rid of, or have a good deal on.

The new legislation comes into effect in November, and will help motorists make sure they pick the right tyres for their cars, based on the characteristics of the tyres.

The new rules come in on the 1st November and will see all tyres sold in this country required to have information on the tyres, with noise, fuel efficiency, rolling resistance and wet grip all tested for each tyre.

Many drivers will be most interested in the rolling resistance rating of their tyre, which will be displayed on each tyre with a coloured band, representing a rating between A and G. A will give drivers the best fuel consumption, whilst G will give drivers the worst. Each grading will see up to a 4.5% increase in fuel consumption, in a move that is sure to push many drivers to pick their tyres more carefully.

Also important to drivers will be the wet grip, especially through the winter months, with the tyres again graded with coloured bands, and the letters A to G, with each banding representing a 3 to 6 metre stopping distance for a car which applies brakes at 50mph.

The noise that car tyres give off will also be measured on tyres, with sound measured in decibels, leaving the tyres in one of three categories. The categories will be labelled on each tyre with sound waves, with three sound waves being the loudest, and one being the quietest.

All new tyres fitted on cars, sports cars, vans and trucks will have to be labelled, but spare, off road, retreaded and vintage car tyres will initially be exempt from the plans.