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Understand your tire

Reading your tyre

Fulda Tire Sidewall

Reading your tyre

All the important information you need to know about your tyre is printed on the sidewall.

Reading this information will help you to maintain your tyres, and to choose new ones when the time comes for a replacement set.

Our guide will help you to understand what the different numbers and letters mean.

Fulda Tyre Width

Tyre width

Your tyre’s width from sidewall to sidewall, measured in millimeters.

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tyre type

If you see a letter “P”, or you see no letter at all, this indicates a passenger tyre.

Fulda Tire Aspect Ratio

Aspect ratio

This number is a percentage that represents the ratio of the tyre’s width to its cross-section. You’ll see in our example a tyre with an aspect ratio of 65, which means that the tyre’s height is 65% of its width.

Fulda Tire Construction - Radial


The letter “R” is used to represent a radial tyre. Nearly any tyre built today falls into this category

Fulda Tire Diameter

Wheel diameter

The wheel’s width from end to end.

Your tyre’s load index tells you its maximum carrying capacity

Load index

Your tyre’s load index tells you its maximum carrying capacity. It’s important to choose a replacement tyre that fits with your manufacturer’s recommendations.

Load ratings and speed ratings should be looked at together when you choose a tyre. You’ll find the load rating of your current tyre on the sidewall, just beside the diameter.

The speed rating is the maximum speed a tyre can legally support

Speed Rating

The speed rating is the maximum legal speed for a tyre when it is correctly inflated and in use under load.

You will find your tyres speed rating printed on the sidewall, and represented by a letter. A tyre with a speed rating of V, for example, has a maximum speed of 240 km/h.

When buying replacement tyres it is essential to match their speed rating with the speed capabilities of your vehicle.

Check out the maximum speed allowed by inputting your speed index into the application.

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ECE approval mark and number

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (U.N.E.C.E) has set standards for pneumatic tyres. This mark and number shows that your tyre conforms to these standards.

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Tyre pressure information

Tyre pressure information: Your tyre has a maximum inflation pressure. It’s important to know this when you’re checking your tyre pressure. You should also be sure to check your manual for information about the correct inflation pressure for your tyre and vehicle.

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Tread wear indicators

The location of the tread wear indicators is represented by the letters “TWI”.
It’s important that your tread be of a sufficient depth, at least the EU legal minimum of 1.6mm. Make a habit of checking these indicators often.

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Production date

This four-digit code shows the week and year your tyre was produced.