Explanation of Tire Speed Ratings

Thursday, July 22, 2010 by Bart Blackburn
All cars, SUVs and CUVs have a minimum recommended speed rating that Tire Rack use as a guideline for making tire recommendations. This speed rating is often misunderstood by the public. The minimum speed rating does exceed the legal speed limits of the United States but is not the main focus of speed ratings for practical purposes. Speed ratings provided by vehicle manufacturers provide a minimum level (base if you will) of tires that allow the vehicle to drive, handle and respond as the vehicle manufacturer intends. When replacing tires on your vehicle with a lessor speed rated tire, you are adversely affecting the way your car drives. When we recommend the minimum speed rating or above, we are trying to maintain the quality of your vehicle that you have grown accustomed to.  If you have any questions feel free to contact us.   

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