Tire Speed Rating

Understanding Tire Speed Ratings

When you are shopping for new tires in Northwest Indiana, one factor your will need to consider is the tire speed rating. The US Government rates all tires with a letter code that indicates the maximum safe speed the tires are rated to travel. Thanks to improvements in materials and manufacturing, nearly all tires are safely rated much higher than any legal speed limit. The rating is still worth considering though because the higher it is, the better your car will handle. Work with the tire shop in Northwest Indiana that can help you optimize the performance of your vehicle when you upgrade your tires, Levin Tire.

Should You Care About Tire Speed Ratings?

The U.S. Government rates tires with a letter code that indicates the maximum sustained speed the tire is safely rated for. The reality is modern tires are very advanced and rated as safe at speeds that are higher than U.S, speed limits. And, it is true that a higher speed rating results in better overall vehicle handling.

General Guidelines

Always replace your tires with the same (or higher) speed rating and never "mix & match" when it comes to speed ratings. Higher rated tires are engineered for better handling, so you may want to consider moving up the "speed" rating.

Typical Passenger Car Light Truck Speed Ratings High Performance Vehicle Ratings
N - Up to 87 mph S - Up to 112 mph V - Up to 149 mph
P - Up to 94 mph T - Up to 118 mph W - Up to 168 mph
Q - Up to 100 mph U - Up to 124 mph Y - Up to 186 mph
R - Up to 106 mph H - Up to 130 mph Z - 149 mph and over

Bottom Line

When it's time for you to replace your tires, consider the difference a higher-rated tire can make in terms of steering, braking and overall performance. It may be the most cost-effective way to improve your car's handling. Contact or visit one of our seven tire shop locations for more information.