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What are tyre speed ratings?

One tyre metric that is important for vehicle owners to understand is the Tyre Speed Rating.

How Fast Should You Drive?

The Tyre Speed Rating is either a letter of the alphabet or a letter and a number. The Tyre Speed Rating is displayed on the side-wall of each tyre and indicates the fastest speed that a driver should not exceed when their vehicle gets fitted with this type of tyre.

Examples of the speed rating numbering system are A1, A2, A3… to A8, in sequence, and the letters B to Y. A full chart displayed below provides the rating and the highest acceptable speed for the tyre in both miles per hour and kilometres per hour measurements.

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What Type Speed Rating Do Most Vehicles Require?

In general, most vehicles used by people or families fit into the speed rating of S or T for 112 or 118 miles per hour limits (180 or 190 kilometres per hour).

Sports cars need tyres that can handle faster speeds. These types of vehicles need tyres with speed ratings of W, Y or (Y). The ratings make sure that speeds not exceeding 168 miles per hour (270 kilometres per hour) are comfortably handled.

Why Are The Speed Ratings Important?

It is a good idea to think about how you use your vehicle. Do you mostly make short city-based commutes interspersed with the occasional leisurely ride out into the country on weekends? If this is the case, then choosing a tyre with a lower speed rating will save you some money.

On the other hand, if you regularly travel between major cities on the motorways, crisscrossing the country to visit clients or partners, then you may well take the outside lane on the motorway to get there faster. In which case, a higher-rated tyre would be required to handle the types of speeds you’ll be travelling at.

Use the ‘Search by Registration’ box above to find your vehicle tyre rating.

EU Tyre Ratings

New regulations with the EU offer improved tyre information for buyers using the EU Tyre rating system. The EU tyre rating system ensures that understandable ratings for fuel efficiency, braking times in wet road conditions, and tyre noise levels provided for each tyre.

We Are Here To Help You

At Tyre-Shopper, we have many knowledgeable staff with technical training who can help demystify the tyre buying decision. Our staff will walk you through your tyre buying options one easy step at a time.

Don’t worry… We want you to make the right choice and not spend more money than necessary.

The Best Tyre Buying Experience

Tyre-Shopper stocks many tyre brands which helps our technicians offer the widest selection of tyre choices to suit every customer and their vehicle. These radial tyres come at the lowest possible price online which is matched by our price guarantee. We have a price comparison chart that also compares our prices to those of our competitors who offer similar tyres sold over the internet in the UK.

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The team at Tyre-Shopper compare our prices weekly with those of our competitors. Take a look at our tyre brands in the budget or premium section to see how inexpensive our tyres are.

There are different ways to search for a tyre on Tyre-Shopper. A search by vehicle registration number lets the website find the car type and suggest the best tyres for the vehicle. It is also possible to enter the tyre speed rating and load index for a search; our website will confirm what tyres match this specification.

Finding just the right tyre at an affordable price is easy with Tyre-Shopper.

When shopping for a set of replacement tyres for your vehicle, it is important to buy the right type of radial tyres. Tyre-Shopper has a massive range of different brands, types and sizes of tyre suitable for all major models on the road in the UK. See our price promise where we will beat major competitors on total price.

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