Tire Terms Explained: Basic Information You Need to Know About Tires!

Tires have got more complex from when they were first introduced in the market in the 1900’s. Modern tires have advanced state-of-the-art technology able to handle rough roads, extreme weather, and incredibly fast speeds. Choosing the right tires for you can be a little daunting, but a with bit of knowledge will be more straight forward.

Your vehicle’s tires have very special information on that tire, such as the speed rating, load capability, max pressure, production date and more. This information is important when selecting tires for your needs. A very important number that serves as that tires unique identification number is call the DOT designation number. It is important to look at the last few digits, in which the last four numbers show the week and year of production, this is particular important as tires degrade with age.

Questions are often asked “how do I know my tire size?”

You can find your tires size for most cars on the inside of the front door or on the pilar of the front door of your vehicle, some manufactures advise you in the owner’s manual and some have identification numbers on trim panels on the inside of the vehicle. If in doubt you can reach out to us or your car manufacture for proper tire sizing A common sticker you might see for example:

When you visit your tire shop retailer the most important question, they will ask you is going to be the tire size, a conventional tire for example P195/55 R16 87V

Now you know more on how to identify your way around a tire and can make educated purchased based on tire size, and manufacture date. Keep in mind that a incorrect tire size will affect vehicle speedometer, causing an incorrect reading. Having the correct tire for your vehicle will provide years of reliable use.

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