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Other performance criteria

With the new EU ratings, it’s now easier to compare tires in terms of wet grip, fuel efficiency and noise. But there are additional criteria that should be considered when buying new tires. Important factors include

  • wet handling
  • dry handling
  • dry braking
  • cornering grip
  • durability
  • internal noise
  • aquaplaning resistance

Winter tires have specific performance factors that are not rated by the EU tire label, such as ice traction, snow traction and cold-weather grip.

Sources for independent advice

The following are good sources for independent information regarding performance factors that are not addressed by the EU tire label.

  1. Test results from auto clubs and publications
    Automotive organizations and publications conduct independent tire tests each year. Tires are analyzed against an average of 15 key performance criteria, including most of those outlined above.
  2. Your tire dealer
    A tire dealer is best positioned to recommend the ideal tire for your needs. Be sure to describe your driving behavior, vehicle and seasonal requirements.