The A001 has been developed for specific European regions with moderate climates and wet, light winters such as the UK, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, northern France, western Germany and Denmark.
The new Bridgestone A001 is designed to give drivers in these regions a confident, safe driving experience all year round. The tyre is dynamic and easy to drive thanks to excellent front-rear balance, stable cornering and strong traction in both wet and dry.
On wet roads, the specially designed lens-shaped blocks ensure smooth water evacuation with low water turbulence, reducing the risk of hydroplaning. With the A001 drivers don’t have to worry if winter does strike. The pattern’s high-density siping has plenty of edge effect, for confident handling and braking on cold, frozen and snowy roads.
Where summer tyres fail to perform, the A001 takes motorists safely into cold and more challenging winter conditions. Bridgestone has also tuned the tread pattern for low noise and optimum road contact in all surface conditions.
- All-weather Silica compound ensures dynamic, confident handling all year round, while balancing dry performance and tyre life.
- Specially designed lens shape water evacuation blocks for reduced risk of hydroplaning.
- High-grip sipes provide superior braking response even on cold and frozen roads.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm.
This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow.
Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.