A common problem faced by customers who have never purchased new tyres before, is trying to figure out what type of tyre they need. There are no definite answers about which tyre is perfect for any given person. It depends quite heavily on circumstance. Some important questions to ask yourself when considering which tyres to buy include:
- Do you live in an area where it rains frequently or suffers extreme heat during the summer? (if you are in Ireland, the chances of the latter option are pretty slim)
- Do you live off the beaten track or in the middle of a city?
- Do you do a lot of motorway driving or do you stick to country roads?
By answering these questions you are going a long way in working out which tyre is best for you.
On top of these questions, take into consideration the vehicle and whether or not you purchased it brand new, or second hand. If it was brand new, then the tyres that it came fitted with are likely to be a suitable replacement – especially if you were happy with them whilst driving on them. However, if you purchased your vehicle second-hand you might find that the previous owner fitted tyres that were not the most appropriate. If you don't want to take the risk of assuming the tyres currently on your car are correct, or if you want to talk to a tyre expert about which would be best for your car, get in touch with one of our tyre experts at our depots. They are always happy to help.
The Price of Tyres
One other factor that holds a lot of sway when it comes down to choosing a product is the price. This is also true when people are shopping for new tyres. One good thing about the tyre industry is that money is not always a true indication of the quality or the performance of a tyre. You can pick up some fantastic tyres at low prices.
One problem some people face when trying to buy new tyres is that the sheer number of high quality tyres available from all the different tyre manufacturers can be quite overwhelming. Luckily we know what we're talking about when it comes to tyre advice. Our team of experts are always more than willing to have a chat with customers who are finding it difficult to make a decision on which tyre to buy. So, if you ever need to talk to a person about a set of tyres, our experts are available by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In November 2012 a new piece of legislation comes into force that required the majority of new tyres to come with EU set Tyre Labels. Although the legislation was reported on – to a small degree – in media outlets such as RTE, there is not a great deal of information out there for consumers. Many important figures within the tyre industry called this new piece of legislation the biggest change to hit the tyre market in over 50 years and they were not wrong. This is why we have spent time developing the following EU Tyre Label guide. We want to help you understand exactly what it is, why it has come to be and how it will affect you.
What is tyre labelling?
As previously mentioned, a new piece of EU Legislation came into force which meant that every new tyre sold within Europe (with some exceptions, but more about that later) must be labelled – much like a fridge, freezer or even light bulb. So, since November 2012 the following label has been seen when shopping for new tyres: You will notice that it bears a remarkable resemblance to the labels used for electric goods in the EU. However, unlike the electrical labels, the tyre label doesn't focus on energy ratings. It shows you the grade given to 3 important categories that should be considered when choosing a tyre:
- Fuel Efficiency
- Wet Grip
- External rolling noise
Why is it being introduced?
The main goal of the new legislation is to provide more information to motorists on the performance of tyres. By doing this, the EU hope to increase road safety, make shopping for tyres more cost-effective and reduce the impact tyres have on the environment. With each tyre on the market being tested and classified using the same criteria, vehicle owners will now be able to make a more informed decision when shopping for new tyres – with tyres easily comparable for these specific capabilities.
Who does it affect?
Quite simply, it affects everyone. From the tyre manufacturers, to the tyre suppliers and retailers (that'd be us), all the way to the consumer (you!). For those of us within the tyre industry, we now have an obligation to our customers to ensure that we fully comply with this new piece of legislation. Manufacturers must ensure that the tests they complete are objective and accurate. They must all ensure that the data required is handed down the chain to retailers. This is so we can fully understand the products we are selling. After all, although these labels are empowering for customers, the tyre label will not give you the full picture, the tyre experts (us again) will. For you, the customer, the effect of the label is nothing but a good thing. Not only does it allow you to quickly compare the tyres that you are interested in purchasing based on standardised tests, it gives you information that will add confidence to your final decision. Information is power.
Are all tyres included?
At present no. Not all tyre categories are covered by the legislation, only the following:
- Car tyres
- 4×4 tyres
- Van tyres
- Truck tyres
Tyres Not Covered:
So if you are buying racing, professional off road, spare, vintage, re-tread, motorbike or studded tyres, you will not see this label. Below you will find the new EU Tyre Label. Set to follow in the same style as the current energy efficiency labels, you will notice the familiar A -G grading system. As of November 2012, every tyre in the EU will come with a label just like this, making the comparison between different makes and models easier than ever. Understanding the EU Tyre Label