Know Your Tyre

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Tires are a key part of the car that will never be ignored. The world has changed a lot since cars were invented, but one thing that hasn’t changed much is tires and their importance for reducing your risk of an accident or any type of damage on the road. Tire safety is essential when it comes down to driving your vehicle safely on any surface.

It is difficult to read and understand your tires, especially if you are a first-time vehicle owner. Learning how to do so is a useful skill to have. Understanding your tires allows you to better care for them and be prepared to select the appropriate replacement tires when it’s time to replace them.

Our tyre has a lot more on it than you realize: they are responsible for everything from braking and acceleration to steering and suspension! Here’s what all those letters mean at the end–P195/65R15 89H M+S – that shows up when you check out with some great tires online or locally. The first two numbers represent width (in millimeters) followed by height before decreasing again in section depth ratio; this will give an approximation as to whether or not your current size can fit with no changes being made. Next, comes R which indicates radial construction, meaning there’s a  single belt wrapping the tire and its rim. Next, you’ll find a number that represents the load index of your tyre which has to do with how much weight it can carry. Then comes speed rating. This is an important factor for those who drive on highways as it tells them what speeds are safe with their current tyres installed; some ratings lose effectiveness at high speeds. Finally, you’ll find information about the manufacturing date of your tyre.

Here’s a quick rundown of the information found on the side of your tires.

Dimensions and Characteristics

This combination of numbers and letters contains the majority of the information printed on your tire. All you have to do now is deconstruct the sequence to get the following data:

  • Diameter of the Wheel
  • Tyre’s Width
    This measurement is in millimeters and is taken from sidewall to sidewall (mm).
  • Ratio of Aspects
    This is the percentage ratio of the cross-section to the width of the tire. An aspect ratio of 60, for example, merely means that the tire’s height is 60% of its width.
  • Index of Load
    This is the maximum weight that a tire can bear and is expressed in kilograms (kg).
  • Index of Speed
    When properly filled and used under load, this is the maximum speed at which this tire can go. At the end of the sequence, they provide the speed rating as a letter, which can then be matched to an existing speed char

Tyre Manufacturing Date

A code that tells you the week and year your tire was made is also found on the tires, but not in this combination of numbers and letters. The letters DOT, followed by a sequence of digits, make it easy to identify the manufacture date. Look at the final four digits of this sequence to find out when your tire was made. The first two digits in this four-digit number denote the manufacturing week, while the last two represent the year.

Information on Tire Pressure

The pressure you leave at can have large implications on how well they perform while you’re cruising around town – too high will cause them to spin out more easily than if it’s just right; not enough won’t give as good traction when speeding up from stop signs etc., so make sure you know what pressures work best before setting off down the highway! Overinflation makes your tire’s surface area rounder. Because of the smaller area of contact with the road, your tires are more vulnerable to impact damage. Underinflation results in a more rectangular surface area. When under-inflated tires come into touch with the road, they cannot keep their shape and flatten.

Having over-or under-inflated tires causes the treads to wear down unevenly, limiting the life of the tire. The TWI, also known as the Tyre Wear Indicator, is another essential piece of information on your tires. 

Tired of speeding down the road, feeling like your car is about to crash, and in search of a mobile tyre service near you? You don’t want to be stuck on the side of a road. But if it happens, AlFatah’s 24 hours mobile tyre fitting services are there for you and will get out as soon as possible with our mobile tyre service van that has everything we need in case any problems arise at your location. It doesn’t matter what time of day; just call us up and we’ll make sure you’re back on track again!

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