Contents

- 1 What does H or V speed rating mean?
- 2 What is the tire speed rating?
- 3 What is H or T rating on tires?
- 4 What is the difference between tire speed rating H and T?
- 5 Can I mix V and W rated Tyres?
- 6 Can I use V rated tires instead of H?
- 7 Does speed rating matter on tires?
- 8 What does the Z mean on tires?
- 9 What does the W mean on tires?
- 10 What speed rating is Q?
- 11 What happens if you exceed tire speed rating?
- 12 What does 120 load index mean on tires?
- 13 What does XL mean on a tire?
- 14 What does 114 mean on a tire?
- 15 How long do new car tires last?

## What does H or V speed rating mean?

H – rated tires are rated for a maximum speed of 130 mph. The V rating is the next rating faster, and V – rated tires are good to 149 mph. Both H – and V – rated tires are considered to be performance-touring tires.

## What is the tire speed rating?

A tire’s speed rating indicates the optimal speed that the tire can safely maintain over time. In short, it’s the fastest speed a tire can handle before it no longer performs as designed. The higher the speed rating, the better control and handling you’ll have at higher speeds.

## What is H or T rating on tires?

All these ratings cover speeds well above legal limits. The most popular, S, T, and H, are rated for 112, 118, and 130 mph, respectively. Traditionally, most family cars have used S- and T – rated tires, while tires rated H and higher have mostly been available only in sports cars or upscale sports sedans.

## What is the difference between tire speed rating H and T?

As you probably already know, T tires are rated up to 118 mph and H tires are good to 130 mph.

## Can I mix V and W rated Tyres?

However, for cars the fitting of a higher speed rating is fine. If you do choose a tyre with a higher speed rating though, we recommend that you match the tyres across the axels, avoiding having different speed ratings fitted on either side of the car. The only exception to this is a winter tyre.

## Can I use V rated tires instead of H?

The rating is the speed the tire has been tested to for continuous safe driving. The English equivalent speed for H – rated tires is 130 mph and V – rated tires are good for up to 149 mph.

## Does speed rating matter on tires?

The speed rating tells you the speed the tire can safely maintain over time. A higher speed rating usually means you will have better control and handling at higher speeds — and that the tire can take the extra heat. As a general rule, tires with higher speed ratings also handle better at slower speeds.

## What does the Z mean on tires?

A “ Z ” rating can mean different things. While it nearly always means a high performance tire for high-performing sports cars, “ Z ” may actually appear in the middle of a tire’s size information. When it does, it represents either a maximum speed of more than 149 mph (240 kph) or 186 mph (300 kph).

## What does the W mean on tires?

The letter W denotes the maximum speed rating, which translates 168 mph—not something intended for mom’s minivan. See our list of speed ratings below, which range from a low of “L” (just 75 mph for some off-road tires ) to a high of Y (186 mph).

## What speed rating is Q?

SPEED RATING

SPEED SYMBOL | SPEED ( mph ) |
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P | 93 |

Q | 99 |

R | 106 |

S | 112 |

## What happens if you exceed tire speed rating?

The speed rating is there to let you know that you shouldn’t exceed that speed with that tire. If you do for a sustained period of time the air in the tire will heat up and expand causing the tire to explode. It is pretty simple.

## What does 120 load index mean on tires?

For example, a light truck tire with a load index of 120 /116 means a load capacity for a single tire of 3,086 pounds and a load capacity of 2,756 pounds for two tires. The reason the capacity for two tires is lower than a single tire is to make sure that the vehicle can continue to carry the load should one tire fail.

## What does XL mean on a tire?

Reinforced or XL (Extra Load) tires are specially reinforced tires. They can carry heavier loads than tires of the same size.

## What does 114 mean on a tire?

Tire Load Index Chart

Load Index | Load (lbs) |
---|---|

111 | 2403 |

112 | 2469 |

113 | 2535 |

114 | 2601 |

## How long do new car tires last?

The straightforward answer is “it depends.” A normal set of tires should last for 60,000 to 75,000 miles, or about four to five years. But there are a few key factors that will affect your tires’ lifespan. Keep scrolling to learn more.