No matter the vehicle you drive, you probably can't immediately remember its tire size. That's understandable because tire sizes are not something you need to deal with on a daily basis. Fortunately, we work with tires regularly at Volvo Cars of Lynchburg, and we want to help you be an informed Lynchburg, VA driver.

Once you know what tire sizes mean, a size like P225/55R16 is easy to read. The P means passenger car. If the tire was built for an SUV, the size might begin with LT, which indicates light truck. Some tire companies leave these letters off their sizes. Next, we encounter the section width. Shown in millimeters, this detail tells us the width between the tire's sidewalls.

To the slash's right, we meet the aspect ratio, which simply gives the sidewall's height as a percentage of the section width. After the R, which simply means radial, we find the wheel diameter in inches. Now, you can read tire sizes confidently.

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