briana sophie. tires. December 15th , 2017.
Tire sizes can be a little daunting to try to understand. While it’s definitely important to know what size tires go on your car, it doesn’t hurt to know exactly what all those numbers and letters mean. I will use this example to run through each part of the tire size: P185/60R 14 82 H.
If you live in an area with considerable snow and ice you should plan to invest in a good set of snow tires. A single fender bender, a missed sales call or a missed day at work could cost you as much as a set of tires and the tires can be used for several years. The issue of your safety is also very important. Being stuck in the snow, not being able to stop in an emergency and sliding through a turn can be more than a financial consideration. Your safety is worth the investment. You can find a beneficial package deal including wheels that will pay for itself in a few seasons. Make the investment and drive safely and confidently in the snow.
The size of the wheel’s rim is represented by the "14" in inches. You can’t put a 16 inch tire on a 14 inch rim or visa versa. That obviously makes sense. "82" is the load index. There is a maximum load carrying capacity chart to determine what tires you will need based on the vehicle you drive. In this case, it shows that the maximum load carrying capacity is 4,188 pounds. You definitely don’t want to put too much pressure on tires that can’t handle it all.
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