On the side of your tires, there is a combination of letters and numbers. That valuable information tells you what your tires can do.
For example, let’s say you have P 215 65R 15 96 V written on your tire. Here’s what it means:
The letter stands for tire type. “P” stands for passenger. “LT” means light truck. T means Temporary Spare. ST means Special Trailers.
215 – This number is the tire width, in millimeters, at its widest point
65 – This is the aspect ratio, comparing the tire’s height to its width, as a percentage. In this case, the height of the tire is 65% of its width.
R – This refers to how the tire is constructed. R means radial, which is the case for almost all cars on the road today.
15 – This number tells you the diameter of the wheel that your tire will fit.
96 – This number is an indicator of how much weight a tire can carry, according to a standard load capacity chart.
V – This is the speed rating, indicating the maximum speed the tire can go given its load factor. This takes into account many variables, including tire wear and cornering ability.
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