How are tires described?
Tires are ones of the most essential elements of the car and driving to our destination safely is hugely dependant on them. A good selection of tires goes beyond choosing a specific type and size, but also means picking the ones that will perform well on certain surfaces. We need to bear in mind that the year’s season plays a huge part in selection – our drive’s comfort, traction, convenience and safety – it all depends on proper tires. That is why it is extremely helpful, not only for the sake of casual drivers who should have at least some knowledge related to the tires they need but also for the employees of vulcanization stores and workshops, to mark the tires’ sidewalls with special symbols. Thanks to these codes it is much easier to decide which model is which and decode its properties. What can we learn from tire’s code? Virtually everything that is to be learned.
First of all, it is the tire maker, a made responsible for the tire design that wants to mark its own product. That is how the made is advertized among the drivers – a quick glance and they know which company produced it. Thanks to the tire code we also get to know its type and what kind of tread it has – a keen eye lets us know with what type of tire we are dealing and whether it is snow or all-terrain tire. We may guess the type without such close look most of the time, however, such a method will not work in every case. Tire code will help us realize tire’s cross-section width given in millimeters, percentage proportion of tire’s height and width together with rim’s inch diameter. Radial tire bears a special marking too. However, there is more we can decode from these markings – tire’s heaviness indicator, its speed rating and whether the tire comes with or without an inner tube. On every tire there is also information when it was made. Sometimes we will learn what its wear indicator shows or how long our all-season tires or snow tires will last in winter time. Tires of increased weight come with additional markings. It may sound challenging, but we are completely able to deal with such on our own. Let us take 210/55 R 16 90 H as an example. It means as follows – its width in millimeters, proportion of its height and width, radial base structure, rim’s inch diameter, bearing capacity shown in kilos and speed rating. However, these are not the only information we can get – as an example of DOT DM 6P 38T (0606) shows. It stands for the following – United States Department’s of Transportation acquiescence, a code describing tire’s maker, factory in which it was made, its size or type (DM 6P 38T) and its production date in brackets. Should we find M+S code on the tire then it means it is snow tire, on the other hand words like tubetype or tubeless indicate whether the tire comes with or respectively without an inner tube.