Understanding Tyre Sidewall Markings
Make sure you have the right tyre by understanding what all those letters and numbers mean around the sidewall of your tyres! Tyre sidewall markings help you to identify, purchase and correctly maintain your tyres. Initially they were only used to help identify the manufacturer or brand of tyre. Over the years, Government legislation has demanded safety markings be posted in order to help buyers know they are getting a legal tyre.
Essential markings include make, size and type (including recommended inflation pressure and direction of rotation). Over the years, additional markings have been added in order to respect the requirements of legislation in the principal areas where UK tyres are used: UK, USA, Australia and Europe.
We've put together a helpful diagram to show how to read even the busiest of tyre sidewalls.
New EU Tyre Labelling Regulations
2012 is set to be a year that will have a long lasting, permanent impact on the tyre industry with the introduction of the new EU Labelling Legislation coming into place in November, set to be the biggest change to tyre manufacturing and retailing for the past 50 years. EC1222/2009 (a name which really rolls off the tongue), states that all tyres manufactured after 1st July 2012 must display ratings for three key factors:
• Fuel Efficiency
• Wet Grip
• External Rolling Noise.
We have written an article about this in our Blog, read more here.