How to choose the right tire in the best Quality
Find fitting tyres with ease thanks to tyre labelling. More info and tips...
If you have already identified your car, this makes the search for tyres easier. This is because only those potential tyres which will fit your car are displayed.
However, you can also choose fitting tyres yourself, without identifying your vehicle. To do this, it is best to take a note of the complete tyre label, which can be read on the side of your old tyres. You can then submit the necessary data under the Tyre Registry.
This is how to read the sizes of your tyres:
1. Tyre width in mm
2. Cross-section in percent (proportion of tyre height to tyre width)
3. Tyre model: R = radial tyres, D = diagonal tyres
4. Rim diameter in inches
5. Load index (indicates the maximum permissible load in kg)
6. Speed index (indicates the maximum permitted vehicle speed in km/h)
Summer or Winter Tyres?
The simple rule of thumb is to fit summer tyres between Easter and October. However, winter tyres may need to be fitted earlier, or summer tyres fitted later, depending on the weather.
Summer tyres are designed for temperatures over 7°C. Under 7°C, their rubber tends to harden and they lose performance. Conversely, winter tyres are specifically designed for cold temperatures (under 7°C), and for displacing snow and slush.
Help with Decisions using the Tyre Label
Since August 2014, all car, light commercial vehicle and lorry tyres must be fitted with a tyre label in Switzerland. By heeding this label, you can reduce emissions and increase your safety. Thanks to the tyre label, you can find out information regarding the fundamental performance characteristics of a tyre.
The lower the rolling resistance of a tyre, the lower its fuel consumption. In choosing a tyre from Class A compared to Class G, a fuel saving of up to 7.5% is possible (Class D is not awarded).
The goal is to achieve the best possible braking performance on a wet road surface, and thus the shortest possible braking distance. With a tyre from Class A compared to Class F (Classes D and G are not awarded), the braking distance can be reduced up to 30%, which boosts safety considerably.
|External Rolling Noise|
If only one bar on the diagram is shaded black, this means that the external rolling noise is around 3dB lower than the current applicable EU limit. If two bars are shaded black, this means that the external rolling noise corresponds to the EU limit as of 2016 or is up to 3dB lower.
Thanks to close cooperation with our partners, we guarantee that our tyres are only sourced from well-known producers from Swiss distribution channels, and that the manufacture date is as recent as possible. We sell no cheap tyres, as these often have a considerably worse driving performance and thus represent a safety risk - especially when it comes to winter tyres.
Additionally, all our tyres are stored under optimal conditions. In this way, we can guarantee the high quality of our tyres, as the tyres barely age under these prime conditions. Kept in storage of this calibre, an average tyre can remain in mint condition for up to 5 years. However, we do of course still aim to offer tyres with the most recent manufacture date possible.
How old are my tyres allowed to be?
With the introduction of the tyre label, a standardised seal of quality came into being, whose presence on all car, light commercial vehicle and lorry tyres has been mandatory in Switzerland since August 2014. The aim of this is to increase safety, as well as the economic and ecological efficiency of road traffic. It also serves as an aid in choosing the right tyre in accordance with the three fundamental performance characteristics of energy efficiency, wet grip, and external rolling noise.
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