Bobby Rahal Tire Centers
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Bobby Rahal Tire Center Recommendations
We recommend three tire options specific to your vehicle make and model.
Our Value Option
This option provides a safe and affordable combination of traction and tread wear without the cost and features associated with a touring or performance tire.
Our Popular Option
This option is chosen by many of our clients and provides an excellent all-around value combining performance, ride comfort, and tread wear.
Our Premium Option
This is the preference of drivers who place a premium on performance and ride comfort and is usually the recommended tire choice of the manufacturer.
Reading a Tire Sidewall
This number specifies, in millimeters, the overall width of the tire section. Be sure not to confuse the section width with tread width because the former is used as the basis for calculating the aspect ratio (section height).
This number is the section height of a tire as a percentage of the section width. For example, 225/40 is a 40% aspect ratio of the 225mm section width. 225 x 0.4 = 90mm
An optional letter indicating construction of the fabric carcass of the tire:
B: Bias Belt
Measured in inches as the wheel rim diameter for which the tire is designed. The distance can be approximated by measuring the diameter of the interior bead of the tire. Be sure not to confuse rim diameter with rim width.
Load index relates to a tires load carrying capacity and how much weight it can support. It is necessary to refer to a load index chart.
Load indexes range from 0 to 279 with the majority of passenger vehicles falling into the 75 to 114 range. The original equipment (OE) load range should be retained when replacing tires.
The speed rating is a lettering system that indicates the maximum speed at which a tire is certified to carry a load. A tire receives a speed rating by meeting a minimum government standard for reaching and sustaining a specific speed.
It relates to the tire only and not the vehicle. It is recommended to replace tires with the same original equipment (OE) speed rating or higher. Replacing tires with a lower than OE speed rating can change vehicle handling and affect steering response, braking and cornering.
TREADWEAR, TRACTION AND TEMPERATURE RATINGS (UTQG TIRE RATINGS)
How UTQG Ratings Work: UTQG ratings are a standardized way to measure and compare tire performance, focusing on three key aspects: Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature. The ratings are assigned by tire manufacturers based on standardized tests conducted under controlled conditions. The system provides a common ground for consumers to compare different tire brands objectively. However, it’s important to consider individual driving habits, environmental factors, and vehicle maintenance, as they can influence actual tire performance.
Treadwear Rating: The Treadwear rating is a numerical value that indicates the tire’s expected lifespan relative to a reference tire. A higher Treadwear rating suggests a longer-lasting tire. For example, a tire with a rating of 400 should theoretically last twice as long as a tire with a rating of 200 under similar conditions. It’s crucial to note that Treadwear ratings are relative and may vary between manufacturers.
Traction Rating: The Traction rating evaluates a tire’s ability to stop on wet surfaces. Represented by letters (AA, A, B, or C), these ratings reflect the tire’s performance in wet conditions. AA indicates the highest traction capability, while C suggests a relatively lower ability to grip wet roads. Traction ratings are particularly important for drivers who frequently encounter rainy or wet weather.
Temperature Rating: The Temperature rating assesses a tire’s resistance to heat buildup under normal operating conditions. Represented by letters (A, B, or C), this rating indicates the tire’s ability to dissipate heat. A higher Temperature rating signifies better heat resistance. It’s a crucial factor, especially for vehicles that may experience extended periods of high-speed driving.
Making Informed Decisions: By understanding UTQG ratings, consumers can make informed decisions tailored to their driving needs. While these ratings offer valuable insights, it’s equally essential to consider real-world driving conditions, personal preferences, and expert reviews when selecting the right tires for your vehicle. UTQG ratings serve as a valuable tool in the tire-buying process, contributing to safer and more satisfactory driving experiences.
Paying attention to your tires is critical to your safety. Do not cut corners by trying to extend the lifespan of your worn out or damaged tires. A worn or damaged tire compromises your safety, your passengers safety and the safety of others sharing the road with you.
Even if your tire tread is not down to the legal limit of 2/32 inch which is common in most states, tire performance can be significantly degraded, especially in wet and snowy conditions.
Note: New tread depths start at 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch.