Tyre sizes can be confusing, but the information below should help you out. You don't actually need to know what it all means (although we are quite happy talk you through it all if you want), all you'll need to do for us is match the numbers to those on the tyres currently fitted on your vehicle. An example format we can work with is 195/55 R16 87V. 

Check the side walls of your tyres and make a note. Also check that this matches the details in the handbook in case an incorrect tyres has previously been fitted.

* some vehicles have different size tyres on the rear so ensure you check all 4 tyres, but generally speaking, they are usually all the same.

In the example picture above, the tyre details are 195/55 R16 87V

195 is the tyre’s width in millimetres.

55 is the tyre’s profile.

R indicates the tyre’s construction type (in this case radial).

16 is the wheel rim diameter in inches.

87 is the vehicle’s load index (the maximum load it can carry).

V is the tyre’s maximum speed rating.

What is tyre labelling?

You will see this labelling on new tyres which are sold within Europe, due to EU Legislation. The labels are designed to make it easier to understand and are similar to the labels you’ll see on a new appliances, such as a washing machine or refrigerator.

The label provides information in 3 different areas:

  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Wet Grip
  • External rolling noise

Fuel consumption. The rolling resistance of your tyres is a key contributing factor in the amount of fuel that your car uses. Low rolling resistance equals better fuel economy and vice versa. A rating corresponds to the best performance and G rating to the worst.
Wet grip. The rating is calculated by a stopping distance test on a wet road at 50mph, with A rating being the best and G rating being the worst. 
External rolling noise ( in dB) . One black soundwave indicates the lowest noise level with three black soundwaves indicates the loudest noise level.

Different Tyre Types

You may have heard before that 7 Degrees is the magic number when it comes to snow tyres. It isn't necessarily the snow hitting the ground that should push us to get our winter tires installed - it’s the temperature!

Research has shown that when the cold hits 7 degrees and below our Summer Tyres lose their ability to grip and make contact with the road due to the rubber hardening. 
Winter tyres on the other hand are designed with a different type of rubber compound that has much better grip and an optimised tread width to deal with snow and ice. All Season Tyres are typically rated to deal with mud and snow but generally are not capable of dealing as well with extreme freeze and deep snow conditions. If you plan on travelling to even snowier climates, then Snow Tyres may be necessary. These tyres will have a mountain/snowflake symbol on the side wall to indicate they meet the required performance in snow testing.