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Buying the right tires

Tire Terminology You Should Know

On the sidewall (the outer and inner sides) of a tire, you'll find the following information:

Tire Specs- Size, construction and speed rating. Speed rating is the approximate speed a tire can safely maintain over time. The higher the rating (A is the lowest and Y is the highest), the better the handling and control. However, a higher speed rating may result in a shorter tread life. Check with your carmaker for the proper speed-rated tire for your model.

Department of Transportation Safety Code- This code certifies the tire manufacturer meets U.S. Department of Transportation tire safety standards. It is followed by your tire's ID number, plus information about where and when the tire was manufactured.

Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG)- The testing method used to grade a tire's tread wear, traction and temperature.

Icons- Features a tire's unique benefits. For example, "M+S" means the tire meets the Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for mud and snow.

Note the code on the sample tire above is P195/60R16 85H The table below shows what each abbreviation in the code means.

PService Description: P = Passenger Car LT = Light Truck ST=Special Trailer T = Temporary
195Tire Width: Tire's section width - distance from sidewall edge to sidewall edge. The higher the number, the wider the tire.
60Aspect Ratio: Tire's section height compared to its section width. Lower numbers mean a short sidewall with improved steering & handling
RInternal Construction: R = Radial Construction
16Rim Diameter: Wheel diameter, in inches, for which the tire was sized
85Load Index: Measurement of how much weight each tire is designed to support. The larger the number, the higher the load capacity
HSpeed Rating: Speed the tire is design to run for long periods. S = 112mph T = 118mph U = 124mph H = 130mph V = 149mph Z = Over 149mph W = 168mph Y = 186mph (Y) = Over 186mph

Another factor to consider in buying tires is tread-life warranty - an estimate based on the type of tire and the number of miles it can be expected to travel under normal driving conditions.

Types of Tires

Now that you know tire terminology, consider the type of tire best suited for you and your car.

Type of TireDescriptionSpeed RatingsTread-Wear Warranty (miles)Best For
All-season tiresCost-effective tires offer a smooth ride, long tread wear and adequate traction on dry and wet conditionsNone, S, T40,000 - 100,000Cars and minivans. Older cars & climates that rarely drop below freezing temps
Performance all-season tiresTypically offer better handling and braking than regular all-season tiresH, V40,000 - 60,000Cars & minivans. Newer Cars
Ultra performance tiresProvide good handling and steering in wet and dry conditionsZR, W, Y30,000 - 40,000Cars & minivans. Upscale sedans or sports cars
Summer tiresThe softer rubber provides maximum traction on dry and wet roads in warmer weather--Cars & minivans. Warmer climates
All-terrain tiresBest for paved roads and light-duty, off-road useS40,000 - 60,000Light trucks & SUVs. Fit for most weather conditions - good for SUVs & other 4 - wheel drive cars
Winter tiresTread is designed for snow and ice; rubber can withstand freezing tempsQ, S, TNoneAreas that experience wintry conditions
Performance winter tiresEnhanced winter traction offers high-spped handling and higher levels of snow and ice gripQ & upNoneAreas that receive an increased amount of snow and ice

When selecting tires, consider:

  • Weather conditions you commonly drive in
  • The worst weather situations you could expect to face
  • Where you usually drive - city streets, highways, etc.
  • Your driving style

Always make sure you select tires that are appropriate based on your owner's manual and your tire distributor's recommendation.

Here are some frequently asked questions about tires:

Common Tire Question

What driving habits negatively impact a tire's life?

Taking curves and corners fast

Abrupt accelerating and braking. This can cause excessive heat that wears the tire out more quickly

Hitting curbs, potholes, etc.

How do you extend the life of a tire?

In addition to driving responsibly, there are other ways you can prolong tire life:

Check tire pressure regularly

Rotate tires regularly as outlined in your owner's manual to help equalize tread wear

Check wheel alignment as recommended by your carmaker

What is the correct air pressure for your tires?

Find your optimal operating tire inflation pressure in the owner's manual and on a sticker located on the inside of the driver's door.

Can you mix tire types?

Performance is best when all 4 tires are the same size, tread pattern and age. Tires that vary in those factors can cause handling and stability problems. However, some cars have different size tires in the front and rear, so check your owner's manual.

Can you mix tires with different speed ratings?

Generally, not recommended. It could affect handling and maximum speed limit.

When should you use winter tires?

Winter tires are generally used when the temperature remains consistently near freezing. Winter tires can provide improved grip on icy and snowy surfaces, and are one way you can prepare your car for driving in the snow.

Should winter tires be used only in snow?

Usually, if temperatures drop and you'll be driving in rain, ice, snow or other wintery conditions. When temperatures stay above freezing, change to summer or all-season tires.

Can you use summer tires in the winter?

This is not usually recommended. Cold weather can cause softer summer tires to lose grip, develop cracks and shorten tire life.

Should you purchase used tires?

This is not typically recommended. You may be unaware of past hazards or mistreatment the tires underwent.

Choosing the right tires and knowing how to care for them is critical to safe driving. Get more tire safety tips, so you can keep yourself and your tires in top shape on the road


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