Extra load tyres are specifically designed for heavier cars. Also known as reinforced tyres, they are suited to a higher tyre pressure and increased load capacity.
Extra load or “reinforced” tyres may conjur up images of tractors and gigantic trucks, but they don’t look all that different from standard load tyres. The only difference is that they are specially made with heavier cars in mind, such as SUVs and multi-purpose vehicles. The design makes it possible to use a higher tyre pressure and increased load capacity. Many big manufacturers supply extra load tyres, including Bridgestone and Michelin. Extra load tyres are commonly marked ‘XL’ or ‘RNF’.
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The extra weight of heavier vehicles needs to be supported by the tyres as well as the springs in the suspension. Extra load tyre are modified to accept higher air pressures and more weight. This is achieved either by using a different material, or more commonly, by reinforcing the structural material inside. Please bear in mind that you can use a reinforced tyre if you need to take extra weight, but you should never move down to one with a lower load rating than recommended by the manufacturer. This would be dangerous and could invalidate your insurance policy in the event of an accident.
Advantages of XL tyres:
Disadvantages of XL tyres:
If you are wondering “do I have an extra load tyre?”, there’s a quick and easy way to check. You can tell extra load tyres by the ‘XL’, ‘EXL’, or ‘RNF’ (stands for reinforced) lettering embossed on the sidewall.
Want to know how fast you can drive with XL tyres? Take a quick look at the string of numbers and letters on the tyre’s sidewall. This provides information about how resilient the tyre is, as well as the size, weight and load index. Read our guide to tyre markings to find out more.
Other types of heavy load tyres include:
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