This specific section on tires you will enrich your knowledge for better overall understanding of their characteristics. This technical information will serve you as a reference when shopping your tires and will answer most of your questions. You will find more content on the benchmark indices, the ideal time to change or buy your tires, read the signs on the tire sidewall correctly, as well as a guide on the grip.
Speed rating, load capacity, number of plies and UTQG index
To guide you, we tell you everything about the origins and value of the speed index recorded on the side of your tire. You will also find the reference table from the maximum speed a tire can reach, and several warnings about speed ratings when purchasing new tires. We have put at your disposal a chart with the loading capacity of your vehicle and a list including the codification related to the number of plies. For the three criteria used in the rating of the Uniform Tire Quality Guide (UTQG), visit this section.
Are you wondering when would the ideal time to change your tires? We advise you on this point in order to maximize security while driving and reduce the risk of breakage of the tire. In addition, we specify the ideal time to buy new summer/4 season tires and winter tires. We also learn the importance and the need to equip your vehicle with winter tires.
The age of the tire and the DOT, how to read a tire
We inform you about the information you need to know on the age of the tire as well as its lifetime, according to the date of purchase, date of manufacture and external conditions influencing the age of the tire. Discover where to find the date of manufacture (DOT) on your tires. Finally, to better understand the writing on the sidewall of the tire, check our home page for the legend of the all important definitions that can be registered on the tires.