Fuel prices in the UK are increasing and drivers are feeling the squeeze.
Motorists should, therefore, look for ways to save cash when on the roads in the UK.
One way motorists can save money while on the road is by investing in fuel-efficient tyres.
At first, this may seem counterintuitive as more fuel-efficient tyres are typically pricier than less fuel-efficient tyres.
However, according to TyreShopper, fuel-efficient tyres are designed to consume less petrol and to not wear tyre tread down as quickly.
A tertiary benefit of these tyres is that they can prevent additional carbon dioxide emissions.
Tyres are ranked A – F in terms of efficiency, much like homes, and the better the ranking the more efficient it is.
One example provided from Michelin is that a car fitted with four A-rated tyres driving at 50mph – it uses 7.5 per cent less fuel than with G-rated tyres.
In addition to this, the car tyre group explains that a car fitted with four A-rated tyres driving at 50 mph, stopping distance can be up to 18 metres or 30 per cent shorter than with G-rated tyres.
A new proposal by the EU could help drivers save extra cash every year after they plan to overhaul the labels printed on tyres, to make it easier to understand this information and make more informed purchasing decisions.
Under the proposal, the labels on UK car tyres on public roads would have more detailed information relating to their fuel efficiency, safety, and noise standards.
It is a move that the EU believes will save UK motorists up to £112 a year on fuel costs.
Elsewhere in the proposal is a plan to improve “the visibility of the label to consumers by requiring that it be shown in all situations where tyres are sold.”
This proposal could see drivers get a fairer deal when in a car garage as it will be easier to understand the information if it is more clearly labelled and detailed than it previously was.
The aim of the proposal is to make drivers more confident when buying tyres for their car and allow drivers to identify the cheaper and less safe tyres.
The last time these tyre regulations were updated was in 2009.
It said of the proposal: “Improving the labelling of tyres will give consumers more information on fuel efficiency, safety and noise, allowing them to obtain accurate, relevant and comparable information on those aspects when purchasing tyres.
“This will help improve the effectiveness of the tyre labelling scheme so as to ensure cleaner, safer and quieter vehicles and to maximise the scheme’s contribution to the decarbonisation of the transport sector.”
A European Commission spokesman said to the Daily Express newspaper: “Tyres account for up to 10 per cent of the fuel consumption of vehicles.
“Proposed changes to EU tyre labelling rules – yet to be agreed by EU ministers and MEPs – are meant to enable consumers to easily compare new tyres in terms of fuel efficiency and safety.
“This will help consumers make significant fuel savings – for example, a household could save up to £112 per car and per year just by using more efficient tyres, such as A class tyres, instead of F class ones.”
Improving the safety of a car tyre could also save motorists cash in the long run as having faulty, bald or defective tyres due to wear can and you a fine of £2,500 and three penalty points per tyre.
Here is a detailed list of what would change under the new proposals:
- updating the tyre label and allowing for its revision;
- improving the visibility of the label to consumers by requiring that it be shown in all situations where tyres are sold; and setting requirements in relation to internet and distance selling and as other situations where the tyres are not physically seen by the consumer;
- requiring that information on the snow and ice performance of tyres be included on the label;
- allowing for the future inclusion of mileage and abrasion, if appropriate, as a parameter for the label;
- allowing for the future inclusion of re-treaded tyres, if appropriate;
- requiring that the label be shown in visual advertisements and in technical promotional material;
- extending to C3 tyres the requirement for the label to be shown;
- extension of the type approval process to include the label declaration;
- improving enforcement by creating an obligation to register tyres in the product database established under Regulation (EU) 2017/1369; ·Adjusting the grading of tyre parameters in Annex I;
- Updating the label in Annex II (in particular to show a “snow” icon); ·Adding Annexes on information requirements;