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How to Buy Tires - Pep Boys

From style to safety to performance, tires are one of the most important and specialized features of your ride. Whether you're looking for a dependable everyday tire for the family SUV or an ultra-high performance summer tire for your new sport coupe, choosing the right tire is just as important as choosing the right vehicle.

Speciality Tire Features


Run Flat Technology (RFT) indicates tires that are designed to allow you to drive limited distances for service in the case of a puncture.


Often designed for trucks and SUVs, all-terrain tires are rated for use on off-road surfaces like mud, sand and gravel.

Going Green

Many tire companies are offering fuel economy and reduced emission benefits from new tire technologies.

Tread and Traction Technologies

Tread and traction technologies can play a part in everything from a quiet ride and handling to fuel efficiency and grip. For help finding the right tire for you and your vehicle visit our tires page.

Sizing and ratings

P vs LT Sizes

A “P” before the tire size label indicates passenger tires. LT is used to designate light truck or SUV sizes.

Size Label

Presented as width, aspect ratio, tire construction and rim size, making sure you have the exact tire size for your vehicle is extremely important.

Load Index and Speed Rating

Shown as a number and letter, the load index and speed ratings show that a tire meets minimum standards to carry a certain weight and operate at a certain speed. Light truck tires are branded with load ranges or ply ratings.


Uniform Tire Quality Grading Standards that rate a tire's tread wear (represented as a number/percentage of standard), traction (A, B or C) and temperature resistance (A, B or C).


Typically ranging from 30,000 to 100,000 miles, tread life and warranty depend greatly on the type of tire and proper maintenance

To learn more about tire size and ratings details see Pep Boys' Evaluating Tire Features page.

For help with finding the right size and tire type for your specific make and model, visit Pep Boys' Tires by Vehicle search feature.

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