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What Do the Numbers on Tires Mean?

U.S. News & World Report Logo By John M. Vincent of U.S. News & World Report | Slide 1 of 13: There’s a lot to learn from the soup of letters and numbers on the sidewall of a tire, but deciphering all of that data takes some explanation. Knowing what the information means, a consumer can decide if a tire is right for their vehicle, driving style, and road conditions.“Tires are a little bit unique in that way,” says Keith Willcome, a project engineer at Bridgestone Americas. “The consumer really doesn’t have any packaging, like they would with another product, where you have a box that would tell you about it.”Some of the information is mandated by government regulation, and it gives a description of the tire’s size, intended use, capacities, and manufacturing source. Fortunately, the majority of the information has been standardized, so similar data is found in the same place on most tires.“It’s amazing how much stuff is there that people don’t know,” says Woody Rogers, director of tire information for online tire retailer Tire Rack.Take a look at the following slides so you can learn how to read a tire's information.

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There’s a lot to learn from the soup of letters and numbers on the sidewall of a tire, but deciphering all of that data takes some explanation. Knowing what the information means, a consumer can decide if a tire is right for their vehicle, driving style, and road conditions.

“Tires are a little bit unique in that way,” says Keith Willcome, a project engineer at Bridgestone Americas. “The consumer really doesn’t have any packaging, like they would with another product, where you have a box that would tell you about it.”

Some of the information is mandated by government regulation, and it gives a description of the tire’s size, intended use, capacities, and manufacturing source. Fortunately, the majority of the information has been standardized, so similar data is found in the same place on most tires.

“It’s amazing how much stuff is there that people don’t know,” says Woody Rogers, director of tire information for online tire retailer Tire Rack.

Take a look at the following slides so you can learn how to read a tire's information.

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