How To Find out your Tyre Size

Knowing your tyre size may not be important in your day-to-day life, but it is vital if you are looking to buy new tyres.


If you ask many people what size tyres their car has, most will not know straight away. In fact, a large number won't have a clue and won't even know where they should look to find out their tyre size. Even if they did know where the information was, they wouldn't know what the seemingly random letters and numbers really mean.

Knowing your tyre size may not be important in your day-to-day life, but it is vital if you are looking to buy new tyres. So if you want to make sure that you purchase the right size for your vehicle and for your safety, here are some things you need to know.

 

Checking the Tyre Size

One of the easiest options for finding the tyres you need is to simply input your car registration on our website. You can then choose the right tyre option for you before moving on in your search. 
It is also a good idea to check out your tyre size yourself, however. One way to do this is look in your car's manual or search for the label inside your car's driver's door. This will usually have the tyre information you need printed clearly on it.
The other choice, which is also likely to be the simplest, is to look at what tyres you already have on your vehicle, as their size will be printed on the sidewall.
  

Translating the Information

If you don't know what you're looking for, the jumble of numbers and letters on your tyres can be confusing, but this doesn't have to be the case. If your tyres show 167/40R 12 79 H, for example, this is the type of tyre for your vehicle.
In this instance, the 167 refers to the width of the tyre in millimetres, while the 40 refers to the profile or ratio of your tyres. The 'R' tells you what kind of tyre you have - in this instance a 'radial' - and the number 12 denotes the wheel rim's diameter in inches.
The next number is the 79, which is your tyre's load index. This tells you the top weight that they can hold up safely. The final letter H lets you know the maximum speed that your tyres can take. These ratings go up from A to Y, increasing in increments. H has a maximum safe speed of 130.
Taking the time to find out and understand this information can not only make sure that you get the correct tyres for your vehicle, it can also ensure you get the best performance and stay safe.
  

Using Your Tyre Facts

Once you have found out the vital statistics about your tyres, you can use the Protyre 'find your car tyre size' feature on our website. Select the 'choose by tyre size' option and simply fill in some of the basic information written on your existing tyres to find the tyres that you need. You can also use the tab on the Protyre homepage to find a centre near you that could fit your tyres on the very same day.

About the author

David Sholicar

David is the National Retail Operations Manager for Protyre. One of David’s areas of responsibility and expertise is dealing with the DVSA and MOT’s for Protyre. As the Authorised Examiner Designate Manager ( AEDM ) David deals with applications for changes to the many Vehicle Testing Stations ( VTS’s) including managing the growth of the Number of MOT testing stations that Protyre operate, allocating MOT tester roles, and monitoring the MOT Test logs to ensure that Protyre MOT standards are maintained as the best in the industry. David handles the relationships with our parts suppliers to ensure that Protyre only fit the best quality servicing parts, brake parts, and other aftermarket quality parts at the right price. David is also involved in ensuring that all technicians are trained or assessed to carry out the work completed in all centres, and that Protyre has a robust Quality control ( QC) Procedure in all centres. David is also involved in developing the customer service standards and customer service training for all Protyre team members to ensure that all Protyre customers can expect the highest levels of customer service. At Protyre we believe we have the highest levels of customer service excellence that can be found, not only in the garage industry, but also when compared to other retail organisations. Another area of expertise is David’s involvement in developing Protyre Operational, Environmental, and safe working procedures. David has worked for some of the UK’s best retailers and this expertise has been a key component in helping develop Protyre into a highly respected company within the fast fit industry. David’s mission is ensuring that Protyre is the local garage that you can trust.

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