What You Should Know About Off-Road Tires
Off-road tires provide extra traction and control for your truck or other vehicles in adverse road conditions. The type of all-terrain wheels you need will be based on the road and weather states you experience. The size, style, and brand can also impact your decision as well as the type of truck or SUV you drive.What types of off-road tires are available?
- Sand tires: Sand tires use horizontal or V-angled paddles that can churn the sand to provide traction to your vehicle on different types of terrain.
- Snow tires: The material used in snow tires allow the wheels to stay flexible in freezing temperatures. The tire tread on these feature deep grooves and channels called ?sipes? that help with traction on snow and ice.
- All-terrain: These wheels use a tread design of interlocking treads. These can be used on dry snow, roads, ice, and mud, making them versatile for many terrain options.
- Mud tires: These types are designed with deeper tread patterns and have larger lugs. Mud tires can be used in wet snow and mud. They will also feature reinforced sidewalls to absorb impact at higher speeds.
- Select a size: Review the current size of wheels on your vehicle. You can consult the owner?s manual or look up your vehicle's VIN for compatible wheels. Other size considerations include the width of the wheels in addition to the rim diameter.
- Choose a brand: Your owner?s manual may recommend a specific brand, or you can select from a wide range of other brands that manufacture compatible wheels.
- Select a style: Once you determine the size and brand, you can select a style based on the driving conditions you'll experience along with your SUV or truck type.
- Choose a speed rating: These will be listed in letters and will relate to a specific miles per hour. This can be helpful when selecting wheels with stopping power and cornering.
All-terrain wheels should have the proper tread depth and pattern for the specific road conditions you are driving. As with selecting any other wheels, you should choose them in sets of two to four for even traction and driving. If you choose to take your vehicle off-road, thicker walls can help protect your wheels from being damaged by rocks and ice. Another consideration is the tire aging. This feature will indicate the number of miles the wheels will last and will be listed in thousands of miles.