The side of your tyre contains all the information you need to know about your tyre. Regardless of the manufacturer, all tyres display this information in a standard format.
The width of the tyre measured in millimetres from sidewall to sidewall. In the example pictured, this is 205 millimetres.
This is the ratio of the height of the tyres sidewall to the width. On our example, ’55’ means that the height is 55% of the tyres width.
The ‘R’ stands for Radial. The majority of tyres are radials.
The diameter of this wheel is 16 inches.
This indicates the maximum load the tyre can support when properly inflated.
The maximum service speed for a tyre. ‘V’ means that the tyre has a maximum service speed of 240 km/h. This is not a recommendation to exceed the speed limit!