You probably read a great number of things throughout your day. First you read your e-mail. You read what's going on in the news in order to stay informed. Finally, if you have time at the end of the day, you might even settle down and read a nice book. However, one thing that many people do not know that they can read is their tires! Tires provide drivers with a great deal of information if they know where to look. That's why it is important to be tire literate. Tires provide drivers with a great deal of information if they know where to look. That's why it is important to be tire literate. If you don't quite know how to read a tire, never fear! Here at Woody Folsom Automotive, our staff is here to help you learn how to read a tire.
TIRE WIDTH
The first three numbers in the sequence on the sidewall of your tire will inform you of your tire's width in millimeters.
RIM DIAMETER
After the letter "R", you should be able to see a small set of numbers. This is the rim diameter of the tire, and it lets you know what rim diameter the tire was designed for. If that diameter does not match up to the wheels of your vehicle, then you are using the wrong set of tires.
LOAD INDEX
The set of numbers following the rim diameter is the load index of the tire. This number lets you know the maximum weight that each tire is designed to support. In order to figure out the proper weight for each tire, use the load index guide featured here.
Tires can tell you a great number of things. All you need is to know how to properly read them! With this guide on how to read tires, you are well on your way to interpreting all of the information featured on the side of your tires.