What Is Speed Rating on Tires

What Is Speed Rating on Tires

There are many different types of tires. Each tire is meticulously designed for a specific type of driving, including how fast you can safely drive on it. This is called the speed rating of the tire and every single tire in existence has one.

On this page, we at Faulkner Volkswagen will give you a detailed overview of what a speed rating is, how to read the speed rating on your own tire, and much more. Drivers in the areas of Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Harrisburg should read ahead to learn more!

What Is a Speed Rating and What Does It Mean?

As we mentioned briefly already, the speed rating of a tire is the top speed that you should drive on the tire. Exceeding this manufacturer recommended speed rating could result in the tire malfunctioning, and even cause you to wreck your vehicle.

Speed ratings were first conceptualized in Germany where there are many roads that do not have speed limits. At first, many people were driving too fast on tires that were not built to withstand those types of extreme driving conditions. So, the German government took the problem into their own hands and created the tire speed rating system.

Each tire has a tire speed rating that is based on a variety of different factors. Many tests are conducted on every type of tire in order to give it the most accurate speed rating possible. Speed ratings also come in handy because they can help you narrow down what type of tire your own vehicle needs.

Reading the Speed Rating on Your Tires

The speed ratings for your tires are conveniently located on the tires themselves. You’ll find it at the end of the tire’s size number. See the chart below in order to decode your tire’s speed rating:

Rating Letter

Top MPH Speed

Top KM/H Speed

Circumstances They’re Used In

L

75

120

Off-road vehicles & light-duty pickup trucks

M

81

130

As temporary spare tires

N

87

140

All-season tires

P

93

150

Light-duty pickup trucks & SUVs

Q

99

160

Winter season tires

R

106

170

Heavy-duty light trucks

S

112

180

Ordinary driving in sedans & passenger vans

T

118

190

Ordinary driving in sedans & passenger vans

U

124

200

Ordinary driving in sedans, SUVs & pickup trucks

H

130

210

Coupes & sports sedans

V

149

240

Coupes, sports sedans & light-performance sports cars

W

168

270

High-performance sports cars & race cars

Y

186

300

High-performance sports cars & race cars

Give Us a Call at Faulkner Volkswagen Today!

We at Faulkner Volkswagen are thrilled that you came to us to learn more about what a tire speed rating is and how to read the speed ratings on your own tires. We hope that this detailed guide gave you all the information you were looking for. If you still have questions, we’re here to help.

Drivers in the areas of Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Harrisburg should stop by the dealership or give us a call today!