CHOOSING new tyres for your car should become a lot more straightforward from November thanks to a new EU labelling system.

All dealers will have to display a sticker which rates a tyre under three key headings: fuel efficiency (rolling resistance), safe braking (wet grip) and exterior noise levels. It will either be on the tyre or beside it.

The labels, which must go on display in showrooms from November 1, will be similar to those now-familiar stickers which show energy ratings for electronic goods like fridges and cookers.

Under the wet-grip heading, performance will be graded from A to G, although initially D and G will not be used.

According to leading German manufacturer Continental, the stopping distance between a class-A tyre and a class-F version can be as much as 18 metres.

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