Published: 12 August 2022
You may have noticed that there are a lot of letters and numbers on the side of a tyre. Many of these are just branding for the tyre’s make and model, but there’s a lot of important information there as well. While different tyre manufacturers put different information on their tyres, there are some key details that you’ll see on every tyre which are useful and important to understand.
When it comes time to buy new tyres, figuring out which ones you need can get pretty complicated. Thankfully, retailers will do a lot of the work for you in working out which ones will suit your car – just ask, and they can recommend options.
But if you do want to know exactly what all the writing on your tyres means, buckle up and read on.
The image at the top of this page may appear to show a random collection of numbers and letters, but it actually is telling you what size the tyre is and what kind of car it’s suitable for.
Here’s the sequence in full:
225/55 ZR17 101W
Let’s break down all the information that’s given there.