Tyre Profile

The number 205 relates to the Tyre Width.
 It is the width of the tyre in millimetres.

The number 65 relates to the Tyre Profile.
 It is the height of the tyre sidewall as a percentage of the width. This is also known as the aspect ratio.

The number 16 relates to the Tyre's Size.
 It is the diameter of the tyre's inner rim in inches.

The number 95 relates to the Tyre's Load Rating.
 This is the Load Capacity of the Tyre.

The Letter V relates to the Tyre's Speed Rating Value.
 This indicates the maximum speed for the actual tyre at full load .

  Click here to view Michelin's guide of How to Read a Tyre.

Which tyre?

1. Your tyre size
When changing your tyres, make sure they're the same as your vehicle's original equipment tyre size. If you're not sure about the right size, use our Tyre Selector to find the right tyre for your vehicle or read the sidewall of your existing tyre. When tyres are not fitted in complete sets of four, we advise that tyre types are not mixed across an axle. If you are still in doubt, consult your tyre dealer for fitment details for your car.

Tyre Conversion

Changing the size of a tyre can increase the area of rubber in contact with the ground resulting in better steering response with more precise behaviour through bends. A set of low profile tyres with shorter sidewalls may look better but generally results in a harder ride and more surface irregularities will be felt. It can also also affect braking, engine performance, fuel consumption and so on. For your own safety, stick as closely as possible to the orignal tyre external diameter. Ensure rim widths are compatible with the tyres being considered. We recommend that you consult a specialist when considering a tyre conversion.

4x4 vehicles

We strongly recommend that 4x4 vehicles use identical sets of four tyres (same size, make, pattern, load index/speed symbol). The exception is when different front to rear sizes are specified by the vehicle manufacturer. The vehicle manufacturer's recommendations should also be followed.

2. Climate Condition
Your tyres have to handle a wide variety of climatic conditions: rain, strong wind, fog, snow, ice and so on. These all affect their performance and you need to adapt your driving style to suit each weather type. Before a long trip, check the condition of your car and tyres.

Driving on a wet road

The conditions for wet weather driving include rain, snow, sleet and fog. To drive safely in these conditions you need to realise that wet weather driving is fundamentally different than dry weather driving.
On a wet road stopping distances increase, and this is even more the case with worn tyres. Visibility may also be decreased. The risk of sliding is also considerably increased if it has just rained after a long, dry, hot spell as the dust and oil on the road may make the road slippery.
The braking distance on a wet road may be up to three times longer than on a dry road. A Michelin tyre in good condition will rapidly expel the rain along its tread away from the contact area of the road. So please check the depth of your tread regularly.  It should be at least 1.6mm deep. The greater the depth, the better the ability to evacuate water.

Driving on a dry road

Driving on a dry road can be safer, but be careful about significant changes in road surfaces like potholes, gravel or puddles. They risk abruptly reducing your grip.

While driving on dry roads can be safer than on wet roads, the following tips should help keep your tyres in top condition and keep you alert.

  • Check your tyre pressure regularly - at least once a month and before long journeys.
  • Use the right tyres to suit your needs - check out our Tyre Selector.
  • Watch your speed - keep within designated speed limits and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
  • Become a good night driver - be alert to the demands of low visibility nigh time driving.
  • Don't drive when you are tired.
3. Usage condition
Because your tyres are your only link between your vehicle and the road, they play a key role in road handling, comfort, braking distance and fuel saving. Different usage conditions require different tyre characteristics.

In the city
  • Because you need to be doubly alert in urban and city areas we suggest the following selection criteria:
  • Braking distance. Use tyres with the optimum braking distance, on both dry and wet roads.
  • Longevity. City driving with its numerous stops and starts puts great demands on the tyre. Choose tyres with increased longevity.
  • Fuel economy. Tyres with low rolling resistance save fuel.

Main roads/motorways

Tyre pressure. Check tyre pressure once a month and before long journeys. Under-inflated tyres increase braking distance and fuel consumption. Don't forget to check the pressure of the spare tyre as well.

Tyres play a key role in your vehicle’s handling.

Tyre selection criteria:
  • Braking distance at high speed. For maximum safety, select tyres that provide optimum braking distance on both dry and wet roads.
  • Comfort. For long trips, choose tyres that offer comfort both in terms of vibration and noise level.
  • Road holding. Select tyres that provide excellent grip and stability

Sports Car

If you enjoy driving in a sporty manner, your tyres should have the necessary characteristics to assist you - consistent with road safety rules or consistent with track day requirements..

Tyre selection criteria:
  • Grip. Look for a tyre with excellent performance on both dry and wet roads.
  • Road holding. Choose tyres from the MICHELIN Pilot tyre ranges. They provide excellent steering precision and good stability in bends.
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