Ever wonder what the designations stamped on your tire sidewall actually mean? We’d like to break it down for you.
Let’s take for instance, “P195/60R15 87S”. This is a full service description of a tire.
In this case, “87S” denotes a tire’s load capacity and speed rating. The higher the number, the greater the load capacity – an 87 load capacity means that tire can support 1,201 pounds. Speed ratings range from L (75 mph) through V (149 mph), and an S speed rating means the tire is good for 112 mph. W, Y, and Z-speed rated tires are available for extreme performance cars and are rated as high as 186 mph.
As for the rest of the information:
--“P” denotes Passenger Tire
--195 is the tire’s width from s ...[more]
If you’ve ever been on a wet highway and suddenly felt somewhat disconnected from the road, chances are your vehicle was beginning to hydroplane. You’ve probably heard the term before, but what exactly does it mean?
Your tires’ treads are designed to clear water away from the contact patch, the section of the tire that actually stays in contact with the road at any given time. The grooves that run around the tire’s circumference, the sipes cut into the tread and other tread elements are designed to evacuate the wedge of water that builds up at the leading edge of the contact patch, channeling it safely behind the tire as you move down the road. Some tires can do this more effectively than others, but…no worn tires can evacuate ...[more]
Driving around on underinflated tires is just a bad idea all the way around. Underinflated tires increase a car’s rolling resistance, meaning a drop in fuel efficiency since it takes more energy to move the vehicle down the road.
A single tire that’s down by ten pounds of air means a 3.3 percent drop in fuel economy…multiply that by all four tires, and you can figure on giving up ten percent of your gas mileage. The added friction and rolling resistance also means more heat is generated, and heat is the enemy of the internal structure of a tire. That heat will damage a tire to the point of failure. Studies show that underinflated tires are a full 25 percent more likely to fail, and at least half of one-car accidents involve a tire problem as a factor. And still, it’s ...[more]
We are going to outline a few tips everyone should be aware of with all terrain vehicles that are equipped with all terrain tires. Trucks and sport utility vehicles are extremely popular, so we know how important it is to everyone that these vehicles are taken care of correctly.
Tip 1: The most common way a tire wears out, is by quickly braking or slamming on your brakes. It’s best to avoid sudden braking as much as you can. Only brake like this if it’s an absolute must. Instead, simply step on your brakes steadily and in a slow manner. This actually preserves the tire but also helps with fuel efficiency. Slamming on the brakes is a great way to eat up the fuel in your vehicle like an angry monster.
With the many different types of tires on the market today, the passenger tire is the most commonly used and cost-effective tire type available. Passenger tires are typically used in passenger cars and minivans.
Almost every tire manufacture out there offers passenger tires. For example, Michelin with their Michelin Destiny, and Yokohama with their A drive. There are also different types of passenger tires that offer different types of performance for your driving needs.
All season tires are engineered to handle cold, warm, wet, and dry climates. You can identify an all season tire by its tread, and on the sidewall. The tread on an all season tire typically has more sipes (cuts within the tread block) within the tread, as well as a more diverse tread design. On the sidewall ...[more]
If you have ever had a flat tire, you know how stressful it can be. The stress is then compounded, if you have no knowledge on what to do or how to put your spare on. Regardless of a vehicle’s make or model, every vehicle is equipped with a spare tire. If your vehicle doesn't, odds are the previous owner lost it or damaged it and never replaced it. A spare tire is like insurance. You don't need it, until something happens. In this post we discuss the importance of having a good spare tire, as well as keeping it in good condition and ready to use in case of an emergency.
Even if you have an inflation device or fix-a-flat, having a spare tire will always be the best option for a flat tire. There are times when you get a flat, and all you need is a little more air or som ...[more]
With the winter season quickly approaching, tire shops all around the country are being asked by customers, what is the difference between a snow tire and a winter tire? What kind of tires should I buy this winter season … snow tires or winter tires?
- These tires are designed for clear roads with a minimal amount of snow and/or ice.
- Winter tires are engineered with a rubber compound that works well in colder weather.
- These tires are designed for much heavier snow and or ice at the expense of dry road ...[more]
It's that wonderful time of year again, when winter starts to wind down, and spring and summer are just around the corner. After a long, cold, harsh winter, there is nothing better than more sunshine and warmer days. Driving is especially better with no more cold, wet, and slippery roads. Driving also becomes less dangerous and less risky for those who have to commute day to day. So, if you’re going to be driving in the hot weather, be sure that your vehicle has the right set of tires.
Having the right set of tires for the summer is as important as having the right set of tires for the winter. If you're thinking about using your winter tires for summer, you are making a big mistake and taking a risk. Winter tir ...[more]
Tire Rotation: Most of us don’t think about it nearly enough! Tire rotation should be routine maintenance on ALL vehicles and should be done regularly based on your tires and driving habits. Regular driving puts enormous strain on even the highest quality of tires. The front wheels will wear down faster than the back tires due to turning the wheel. Keep a close eye on your tread, tires will start to wear down on the outer edges with normal use, and tires should be rotated before significant wear is visible. Also, uneven wear on other parts of the tires can mean that there is a problem with the alignment or possibly other parts of the driveline. It is crucial to get this type of wear checked out because it may mean the differ ...[more]
A good quality set of tires should be an investment that will last you up to five years with regular use. In order to make the most of the life of your tires, there are simple maintenance steps you can take, as well as precautions to ensure they last as long as possible.
Inspect your tires. Frequent visual checks of your tires can be the first step in preventing premature wear or damage that can become irreparable. Look for debris, signs of uneven wear, bulges, dips, bumps, or ‘feathering’ of the tire rubber.
Tire Pressure. Proper tire pressure will keep the tires ...[more]
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