Test your tire knowledge with our interactive quiz

By on February 24, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Posted in: Safety and Insurance Issues

Remember when you were in school and the teacher would take out that ominous stack of papers at the beginning of class? You’d frantically open your book and study as much as you could for the next 10 seconds before they were passed out. 

It was the dreaded pop quiz.

We’re here to help you get over your fear of quizzes, and actually have some fun with series of interactive questions. Your car can give you four good reasons to take the first one. Test your tire knowledge and stay safe on the roads.

Remember, even if you fail, we’ll give you the answers right away and we won’t send a note home to your parents. Good luck, and have fun!

4 responses to “Test your tire knowledge with our interactive quiz

  1. Dean says:

    The answer to question 2, PSI is not entirely correct. The PSI number is not the maximum the tire can hold, it’s the Manufacturers recommendation for the maximum you should inflate the tire to under cold measurement. Trust me, if you go 1lb over the tire won’t explode. They do leave room for a margin of error for such things as faulty guages and hot vs cold inflation errors.

     Another important factor you should consider is your driving habits regarding speed and distance and load (weight) bearing. If you drive long distances at higher speeds you should be sure to focus on a tire with the proper speed rating. You should also make sure you have a tire that can hold the expected load (weight) for your vehicle. These numbers are found at the end of the size descriptions. (e.g. P185/65R16  87S)  The #87 represents the “speed” rating while the “S” represents the “Load” rating.

  2. angela says:

    thanks you that is what i answered and got it wrong i do not know alot about tires but that seems most logical

  3. Bill says:

    Actually, 87 is the load rating and “s” is the speed rating.

  4. Danny says:

    In response to the tire pressure issue, the number listed on the tire is typically far above the actual number you need to shoot for.  THe pressure you should use when inflating the tire is what the vehicle manufacturer recommends.  This can typically be found on the driver’s side door jamb or in the owner’s manual.  For example, the maximum PSI labeled on the tire may be 45 PSI.  However, the vehicle manufacturer may list the appropriate PSI as 30.  Filling a tire to the max on the tire will most likely lead to uneven wear in which the center of the tire wears faster than the edges.