Tyres sold in Middle East have been subject to efficiency labelling. The label is familiar in design to those used commonly when buying household appliances such as fridges, freezers, dishwashers and washing machines. The label contains ratings for rolling resistance, wet grip and external noise levels.
The label rating for noise levels measures external noise created between the tyre and the road surface. This is measured in decibels (dB) and represented as a sound wave consisting of 3 bars - with a single bar being the lowest level of noise. The aim is to reduce traffic related noise within communities and built up areas.
Fuel efficiency is increased when less effort is required from the engine to move the vehicle. By reducing the rolling resistance of a tyre a driver can reduce their fuel spend by up to 9% when choosing the best tyre, an A rated tyre, compared to the worst tyre, a G rated tyre.
One of the most important features of a tyre is the ability to grip when the road surface is wet. Tyres that have a good wet grip rating (A) will reduce braking distances by up to 18 metres compared to those with poorer ratings (F). D & G ratings are not used for passenger cars.