What is meant by speed rating in tyres?

What is meant by speed rating in tyres?

Speed Rating in Tyres –

Usually, everyone who loves to drive and is fond of cars and tyres likes to drive at high speed. Speed thrills us and of course, our rides are boring at a constant low speed. While the signboard on roads sometimes limits us to a certain speed, there is another very crucial aspect that we might be ignored when it comes to speed which Speed Rating of Tyres. Let’s understand what the speed rating in tyres is?

Speed Rating is basically the maximum speed limit that a particular tyre is legally approved of. It is meant to give you an idea about which tyre you should buy that shall suit your vehicle according to its performance. It is a safety measure that plays a vital role in the working of a tyre. Speed Rating is signified by English alphabets (not necessarily in order) where every alphabet signifies the maximum speed that the tyre is legally approved of. For instance, let’s say the speed rating of your tyre is ‘U’, which means your tyre is suitable for driving speed up to 200 km/hr, and if it’s ‘V’ then the tyre is approved for speed up to 240 km/hr. Here’s the table for your help to know the different speed ratings approved for a particular maximum speed:

Speed Rating

Maximum Speed

Speed Rating

Maximum Speed

A1

5

L

120

A2

10

M

130

A3

15

N

140

A4

20

P

150

A5

25

Q

160

A6

30

R

170

A7

35

S

180

A8

40

T

190

B

50

U

200

C

60

H

210

D

65

V

240

E

70

Z

240+

F

80

W

270

G

90

(W)

270+

J

100

Y

300

K

110

(Y)

300+

Tyres are made of different compounds and materials and thus, ensuring the speed limit is required. Exceeding the speed limit can put you in trouble and can lead to accidents and even tyre burst. Speed Rating can be observed on the sidewall of the tyre. To know about the right speed rating of your tyre, you must first know the speed limit of your vehicle and the speed rating that will suit your vehicle.

While we will suggest you to purchase tyres with a speed rating higher than your car’s maximum speed, you can also choose mixed speed rating tyres for your vehicle but make sure that the lower-rated tyres are on the front axle and you do not exceed the speed of your lowest rated tyre. But, always try to buy tyres with the same speed rating because that might fit your vehicle perfectly and will suit it well.

Remember, that Speed Rating is not just for speed and it is also about the comfort, traction, tread wear, cornering ability, and stability of your tyre. Above all, it is for your safety and your’s vehicle safety too. Speed rating and can be increased for better performance but cannot be decreased since it can be lower than your vehicle’s maximum speed. The high-speed rating provides high performance and grip but lower tread life. Thus, choose your tyre wisely with the right speed rating.

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