Not only does the tire pattern lead to excellent handling and very good braking properties on dry road surfaces, but it also ensures short braking distances on wet road surfaces.
Reduced noise emissions guarantee a high level of driving comfort. Additionally, the tire's contour distributes the pressure between the tire and road surface evenly, leading to high mileage.
The tire's pattern creates outstanding traction in light off-road use.
Secure grip in wet conditions is crucial for safe driving. Performance is graded into classes, A to G (although D and G are not currently used). The stopping distance between a class A tire and a class F tire can be as much as 18 metres.
Reduced rolling resistance saves fuel and cuts CO2 emissions. Class A tires deliver the best fuel efficiency, with each subsequent class through to G increasing fuel consumption by between 0.42 and 0.56 mpg for a car which does 36 mpg.
This is the external noise made by the tire and is measured in decibels. The more filled bars shown on the label, the louder the tires.