Right underneath the brand and model names, you’ll see P225 60R 16 86T. This is a code that gives you a quick snapshot of your tire. It tells you:
- Type of Tire/P = Passenger Tire
- Tire width in mm = 225 mm
- The sidewall ratio between height and width = 60% ratio
- How the tire is constructed/R = Radial tire ply
- The wheel diameter in inches/16 = 16-inch diameter
- The tire’s speed rating/T = a speed rating of 118 mph
- The terrain the tire can handle/ M+S = the tire can handle Mud and Snow
The index number corresponds to the tire’s load-carrying capacity. That’s a fancy way of saying it’s the amount weight that your tire can support safely.
UTQG stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading, a standard created by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). It’s a system that lets consumers compare tires based on treadwear, traction and temperature.
Load range identifies the tire's load and inflation limits.
These codes indicate sidewall styling and include:
- BLK: Black Sidewall
- BSB: Broken Serrated Band
- WSW: White Sidewall
- OWL: Outline White Lettering.
- RWL: Raised White Lettering.
The depth of the tire’s tread, in millimeters.