Car Tire Size Explained - How To Read Tire Size

Tires

It’s important for the safety and performance of your vehicle to choose the proper size and type of tire. There are a range of tires available, and some tires of the same size will be rated for different uses. For example, SUV tires and truck tires are rated differently because truck tires are designed to handle the weight of a payload.

Driving on incorrect tires can be a problem for safety, and can also lessen the longevity of your tires. In order to find the proper tires for your vehicle and driving requirements, consult with the professionals at Mississauga Kia before installing your tires. You can contact us online, or phone our service department.

Our dealership offers tire sales and service to Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Milton, and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

How many tires do I need?
If you’re going to replace your tires, you need to replace all four at the same time otherwise your handling will suffer and your tires may not wear evenly. Unless you only need to replace one tire due to a flat tire, you should purchase a set of four of the same style and type.

What size of tire do I need?
You need to equip your vehicle with tires that can handle the weight of your vehicle and potential payload. If you drive a truck, be sure to get tires that can handle the payload capacity of your vehicle. While some people may equip a truck with SUV tires, if you plan on hauling a load you should be sure to equip tires that are designed for your needs. Consult your owner’s manual or the information on the sticker inside the driver’s side door jamb of your vehicle.

The right tires for your driving conditions

  • You should use tires that suit the driving conditions you face most often:
  • Snow or ice: winter tires
  • Heavy traffic: more responsive tires
  • Winding roads or in the mountains: a tire that handles well
  • Extensive highway driving: tires with a smooth, quiet ride

When do I replace my tires?
Once the tread is worn enough you’ll be able to see a solid bar of rubber across the width of the tread. If this happens, you need to replace your tires. If you’re not sure if you can see the bar you can try the penny trick. Place a penny in the tire tread with the Queen facing you and pointed down. If you can see the top of Queen Elizabeth’s crown, your treads are worn and need replacing.

Check your tire pressure at least once a month. If there are cuts, bulges, or other irregularities, you might have to get your tires replaced. Determine the highest quality tire that you can afford with your budget. Buying cheap tires will not save you money in the long run. Higher quality tires last much longer and perform much better, ensuring both a comfortable ride and your safety.