When you are shopping for new tyres for your vehicle, you will notice that the tyres you see each have a specific label on them with different symbols. These symbols are designed to let you know how the tyre you are looking at is rated in each of these areas. There are symbols for fuel efficiency (a petrol pump), noise (a loudspeaker) and performance in wet weather (a rain cloud). Each symbol will then have a rating next to it to let you know how that set of tyres performs in each of those circumstances. This labelling is required by law to be there on all new tyres sold. Tyres are rated on a letter system from A to G, with A being the best and G the worst.

Fuel Efficiency 

The fuel efficiency rating of the tyres comes from the type of tread pattern that the tyre has, the materials used to make the tyres and the overall construction of the tyre. Naturally, the better rating the tyres have means the better mileage you can see on your car.


For noise, the ratings are based on the noise you hear from the car on the outside, called the “drive by” noise. The ratings are slightly different for noise, with one soundwave showing for those that perform the best and three soundwaves to show that the tyre just meets the standard regulations.

Wet Grip 

Wet grip is also shown on an A to G scale, with A letting you know that the tyres perform well when you are braking in wet weather in an emergency.

Other factors

The label was introduced for environmental reasons with the aim of reducing overall fuel consumption and traffic noise but it doesn't tell the whole story. For example, the label won't tell you anything about:

  • Tyre life
  • Braking and handling in the dry
  • Comfort and ride quality

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