When ordering tyres from us using our website, choosing the correct ones is easy.
We still want to explain to you though how to "read" a tyre, so you can always make an informed buying decision.
How to read tyre specifications on tyre sidewalls
Let's take an example of car tyre code - 175/65 R15 84H, a very common tyre size in the UK.
If you break this code down into 175, 65, R, 15, 84, H. Each number and letter of the code denotes the feature of the tyre. Let's look in detail at what these numbers and letters indicate.
175 – The initial three numbers mean the measurement of the width of a tyre. It is measured in millimetres. Here it is 175 mm.
65 – The following two numbers denote the height of the tyre. Here, it relates to 65% of 175mm.
R – It represents the radial tyre, which implies the tyre’s construction type.
15 – The accompanying two numbers show the wheel rim size. It is estimated in inches. Here, it is 15 inches.
84 - The next two accompanying numbers indicate the tyre's loading capacity. Each code addresses an alternate burden conveying a limit. In this case it is 500kg.
H- The last letter of the alphanumeric code of the car tyre denotes the maximum speed number of a tyre. It is measured in mph. Here, H indicates 130 mph.
Now that you understand how to read tyre size specifications, you can buy car tyres with a better understanding.
If you want to make sure, you are buying the right tyres for your respective vehicle, we suggest you use the tyre-finder tool on our website. All you have to do is type in your vehicle's reg.-number. Within seconds, you will see a list of tyres for your particular vehicle.
We hope you found this information page helpful. If you have any questions or would like us to assist you with your purchase, please do not hesitate and contact us.
Our friendly Autoplus Northamton team will be happy to guide you every step of the way.