Tyre Information: Tyre Symbols Guide

Learn more about the different tyre symbols

Tyres used within the European Union come under the European Regulation No. 1222/2009 which ensures additional information is provided for tyre buyers to help them make an informed buying decision.

Tyre Symbols From The EU

Fuel Efficiency

There are three main visual symbols that provide information about the tyre. These informative symbols focus on fuel-efficiency, breaking distances on wet roads, and tyre noise levels The fuel and petrol pump symbol relates to the fuel-efficiency when a vehicle is using this tyre. The tyre is graded from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). The cost savings on fuel between A and G are approximately 7.5% annually.

Wet Grip

The tyre and rain symbol relates to braking distances in wet road conditions. Tyres are rated from A (better) to G (worse) on the number of metres it takes to break to a stop. Selecting an A-rated tyre instead of an F-rated tyre can cut braking distances in wet conditions down by 18 metres.

Road Noise

The tyre and speaker symbol relates to the external sound level of tyre noise and how it relates to future EU tyre noise level limits. This will be a different tyre sound level to what the driver will personally experience when the vehicle is being driven. A pictogram with 3 levels is used to indicate decibel (dB) levels visually, with the actual detected decibel level shown within the symbol.

1 black wave indicates a low noise tyre at 3 decibels less than the future EU tyre noise limit.

2 black waves indicates an average noise tyre which is equal and lower than the future EU tyre noise limit.

3 black waves indicates a noisy tyres that whilst currently complies with tyre noise regulations, it will exceed future EU tyre noise limits.

Tyre Symbols For Car Manufacturers & Tyre Types

Beneath the tyre image on our product pages is a symbol relating either to the manufacturer or the tyre type. To more clearly understand what each tyre symbol means, please see the manufacturer and tyre type explanations shown below: