Tires are often not something we think about until we need to repair or replace them, but both as drivers and passengers our safety greatly depends on them. By investing a little time in learning about your tires, you will discover what you can do as a vehicle owner to prolong the life of your tires and enhance tire performance and safety. Though our Tires Basics section will not make you a tire expert, it will provide you with a basic tire overview and get you more familiar with your tires.
There is science behind today's tires, which combines concepts of physics with advances in engineering and chemistry. Innovative designs offer the ...[more]
There are numerous other markings on a typical tire, these may include:
- M+S, or M&S: Mud and Snow; A tire that meets the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and Rubber Association of Canada (RAC) all-season tire definition. These are all-weather tires, with self-cleaning tread and above-average traction in muddy or very light snowy conditions, and for low ambient temperatures. Spike tires have an additional letter, "E" (M+SE).
- Mountain Snowflake Pictograph: Winter passenger and light truck tires that meet the severe snow service requirements of Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and Rubber Association of Canada (RAC).
Types of Tires – Tread Design
In choosing tires, it is important to consider factors such a quality brand and solid value, but it is also essential to select the right tires for your type of vehicle. It is also imperative that driving conditions be a major consideration in making a tire selection. Several types of tires are available to suit every kind of vehicle and all driving conditions.
- All-season tires are a widely used and most popular variety of tire, carrying "S" and "T" speed ratings. Sedans and minivans commonly have all-season tires as standard. All-season tires are developed to handle most conditions from dry pavement to wet weather and moderate snow. Characteristics of all-season tires include a comfortable and quiet ride, reliable handling, as well as ...[more]
Protecting your tire investment begins with proper maintenance. Well-maintained tires not only promote longer wear and tread-life, they substantially improve the safety of your vehicle.
- Tire Rotation – Tire rotation is essential in promoting even tread wear. Different types of rotational patterns will be more beneficial than others, depending on the type of vehicle and tread wear pattern. Tire rotation performed by automotive professionals will provide this service as well as the opportunity to detect other issues before they become serious problems.
- Tire Pressure – Correctly inflated tires assure even tread wear through equal weight distribution in the vehicle. Proper tire pressure is crucial for dependable handling, ...[more]
In the case of light truck tires...
As previously explained, most light truck tires follow the alpha-numeric tire code indicated by the letters LT at the beginning of the size code. However some light truck tires use a High Flotation code, indicated by the letters LT at the end instead of the tire size or simply omit the LT code completely as follows:
The tire diameter is given for High Flotation tires and omitted from Numeric tires.
- 2 digit number: The diameter of the tire in inches.
- x: Separator character.
Explanation of tire codes
Tire identification diagram
The alpha-numeric tire code consists of a string of letters and numbers, as follows:
An optional letter (or letters) indicating the intended use or vehicle class for the tire:
- P: Passenger Car
- LT: Light Truck
- ST: Special Trailer
- T: Temporary (restricted usage for "Space ...[more]
Tires all look sort of the same…round and black…and people tend to think tires don’t change much over the years. That’s really not true, though – engineers and designers are constantly working on advances in tire designs for more miles, better fuel economy and better performance.
Here’s a rundown of current trends in tire technology you may not have been aware of:
- Tall, skinny tires are coming back. If you’ve ever ridden a beach cruiser bike vs. a racing bike, you know that skinny tires have lower rolling resistance. Carmakers are going in that direction, too – the BMW i3 electric/plug-in hybrid uses Bridgestone Ecopia tires, with higher inflation pressure and a taller, skinnier profile. Tall, skinny tires also redu ...[more]
If you’re old enough, you probably remember the cars from the late 70s and early 80s that weren’t good for much more than 120,000 miles before they started to develop real problems and were junkyard bound. Today, thanks to improvements in design, metallurgy, manufacturing techniques and machining, those days are over and it’s not at all unusual to see vehicles with well over 200,000 miles on the odometer and still running strong.
Here’s a quick rundown of some vehicles to consider which have a track record of being good for 250k miles or more:
- Toyota Corolla: Probably not a surprise to fans of Toyotas, the simple, no-frills Corolla hasn’t changed much since the early 00s…but Toyota’s approach to the tried-and-true Corolla ...[more]
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