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The van tyre size is crucial when it comes to changing your tyres. But where is it and how do you interpret it? This article sheds light on these essential aspects to guide you in the right choice of tyres.
It is very simple. The van tyre size is always indicated on its sidewall. So when you need to change your tyres, all you have to do is bend down for a moment and read the numbers and letters on the side of your tyres.
You will notice that it looks like this:
225/65 R 16 C 112/110 R
But what does this code mean? It is a collection of useful information that defines the size of the tyre. To help you understand it, we will break it down point by point:
And the letter that follows provides additional information: “C”, in our example, indicates that the tyre is reinforced, i.e. that it is capable of supporting heavier loads than a conventional passenger vehicle and is therefore suitable for vans and light commercial vehicles. (To find out more, read our article on reinforced tyres).
In addition to the van tyre size, there are other essential codes for choosing your tyres, such as the load and speed rating.
The van tyre load rating refers to a chart in which a corresponding load is given. This is the maximum load the tyre can carry.
The load rating chart shows the maximum load for each rating.
On your tyre, the load rating is indicated by a number followed by a letter. This letter represents the speed rating (which we will examine below).
Example : 112/110 R
Here 112/110 is the load rating. It corresponds to a maximum load capacity of 1120 kg for single axle and 1060 kg per tyre for dual.
Your tyres do not only have a load limit. They also have a speed limit, i.e. a maximum speed up to which the tyre is capable of rolling with its maximum load. Of course, the speed rating is indicative and should not take precedence over the speed limit when driving on roads or motorways.
The speed rating of your tyre is symbolised by a letter of the alphabet.
Using the example above (112/110 R), the letter R defines the speed rating of the tyre. By referring to the speed rating table, we learn that this letter corresponds to a maximum speed of 170 km/h.
ALT & legend: the speed rating chart shows the maximum speed for each rating.
While the generalities described above apply to most tyres, van tyres sometimes have a distinctive feature: an additional marking with a higher speed capacity combined with a reduced load capacity.
For example, for some dimensions, a double marking similar to this one appears, sometimes with a singular point in brackets:
205/65 R 16C 107/105T (103H)
Note that the speed rating is appended to the second number but refers to both load indices.
The double load rating, it is interpreted as follows:
And a singular point can also be included (103H in our example). It is a complementary marking with a higher speed rating and a lower load rating.
Here, 103H indicates a load capacity of 875kg per tyre.
Now you know how to choose the right size tyres with the right load and speed rating for your commercial vehicle.
In our article "What are the best van tyres for your commercial vehicle?" you will also find additional information on how to choose your van tyre.
Did you also know that there is a European label that allows you to refine your choice of tyres? Take the time to read the following to help you make the right choice.
Since 2012, the European Commission has introduced tyre labelling, a measure that has been reinforced in May 2021 and which lets the consumer know how a tyre has been rated on three aspects:
These aspects, rated by a letter from A to E, are symbolised on the label by pictograms, making it easy to understand at a glance how the tyre performs in each of these areas.
In the example shown here, the label indicates that our Michelin tyre is rated B for energy efficiency, B for wet grip and A for external rolling noise. These are valuable indications for you, the consumer, when making your choice of tyre.
You now have all the information you need to choose the best van tyres. You can use our Tyre selector to find the van tyres in the right sizes that will give the best performance: