Signs of needing new tires
  • Vehicle and Tire manufacturers recommend customers to check tires every 6 sears if obvious signs of replacement are not visible and/or the vehicle has not exceeded the life expectancy of the tire regardless of wear and tear. Have a Wheel and Tire expert inspect your tires for signs of wear and/or damage but it should also be checked out regularly at home, below are several things to look for when inspecting your tires.
    1.     1. Bulges and/or Blisters: That is an indication of a weak outer surface and can be dangerous
    2.     2. Vibrations (Shaky Steering Wheel): This can indicate either damage to the tire or signs of bad balancing
    3.     3.Tread: Check the Tire Wear Bar indicator located in between the tire treads, if the tire wear is down to the Indicator bar it is a sign to replace your tires, another method is by using a quarter as listed below

    1.     5. Sidewall Cracks: Check for any crack, bubbles or just deformation on the side wall, if your tires has any of those indications the tire needs replacement

Reading a Tire

When shopping for tires it is very important to understand the meaning of the labels located on the sidewall, below we have attached a diagram.


Service Description
P = “passenger car”LT= “light truck”ST = “special trailer”T = “temporary”


Tire Width 

Tire’s section width – distance from sidewall edge to sidewall edge. The higher the number, the wider the tire.


Aspect Ratio
Tire’s section height compared to its section width. Lower numbers mean a short sidewall with improved steering & handling.


Internal Construction
R = radial construction


Rim Diameter
Wheel diameter, in inches, for which the tire was sized.


Load Index
Measurement of how much weight each tire is designed to support. The larger the number, the higher the load capacity.

VSpeed Rating
Speed the tire is designed to run for long periods.S = 112 mphT = 118 mphU = 124 mph

H = 130 mph

V = 149 mph

Z = Over 149 mph

W = 168 mph

Y = 186 mph

(Y) = Over 186 mph

Types of tires

Now that you know tire terminology, consider the type of tire best suited for you and your car.

Type of TireDescriptionSpeed RatingsTread-Wear Warranty (miles)Best For
All-season tiresCost-effective tires offer a smooth ride, long tread wear and adequate traction on dry and wet conditionsNone, S, T40,000 – 100,000Cars and minivans

Older cars & climates that rarely drop below freezing temps

Performance all-season tiresTypically offer better handling and braking than regular all-season tiresH, V40,000 – 60,000Cars & minivans

Newer cars

Ultra performance tiresProvide good handling and steering in wet and dry conditionsZR, W, Y30,000 – 40,000Cars & minivans

Upscale sedans or sports cars

Summer tiresThe softer rubber provides maximum traction on dry and wet roads in warmer weather  Cars & minivans

Warmer climates

All-terrain tiresBest for paved roads and light-duty, off-road useS40,000 – 60,000Light trucks & SUVs

Fit for most weather conditions – good for SUVs & other 4-wheel drive cars

Winter tiresTread is designed for snow and ice; rubber can withstand freezing tempsQ, S, TNoneAreas that experience wintry conditions
Performance winter tiresEnhanced winter traction offers high-speed handling and higher levels of snow and ice gripQ & upNoneAreas that receive an increased amount of snow and ice

Things you should consider:

  • Average weather conditions
  • Type of Commute: City, Highway