EU Tyre Label: Winter tyres

From the months of October to April, the purchase and fitting of winter tyres cars is on the mind of many motorists. In recent years, with the bad winter weather we've experienced, the demand for winter tyres has risen significantly.

However, with the introduction of the new law, winter tyres are set to have a rather frosty relationship with the EU Tyre Label - if you will please pardon the pun.

Testing Times for Winter Tyres

The problem with the label scores given to winter tyres is that the tests are carried out in the same conditions as all weather and summer tyres. As you may know, winter tyres do not perform to their best abilities in these conditions. For starters, winter tyres are designed to perform to their highest abilities in temperatures below 7°C.

The rubber compound of a winter tyre contains a far higher percentage of natural rubber. So in temperatures below 7°C the tyre is able to retain its elasticity – unlike a summer tyre, which is prone to solidifying in freezing conditions.

So, it is very likely that winter tyres are set to continually score poorly in the areas tested for the label. Do not allow these scores put you off. Take it with a pinch of salt.

Choosing Winter Tyres

Motorists should have an open mind when looking at the EU Tyre Label scores for winter tyres, we have compiled some information that you should consider when choosing your next set of tyres for the freezing winter months:

  • The type of compound used in the tyre's construction
  • The size of the tyre's contact patch (that's the portion of a car's tyre that is in contact with the surface of the road)
  • The tread pattern and sipe design
  • How the tyre has scored in more specific tests to winter driving

Further information on winter tyres can be found at

If you have questions about any of the winter tyres in stock, don't hesitate in contacting our tyre experts. They are always happy to have a quick chat with motorists on the pros and cons of particular winter tyre models.

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