Tyres for off-roaders
Due to the main purpose of off-roaders, hence the name, installation of special tyres is common.
Tyres, designed especially for off-road, have a heavy block tread pattern with deep grooves, in order to ensure perfect grip on rocks, sand, loose soil and mud. Moreover, such tyres often have increased sizes and reinforced walls in order to withstand severe driving conditions. Some drivers deflate tyres in such conditions as deep snow or loose sand in order to ensure better grip with the surface. Use of bead locks helps to secure the tyre on the wheel regardless of the air pressure and the surface type.
Off-road tyres are marked MT and AT, which is mud-terrain and all-terrain respectively. The first ones are designed for off-road only and their use for everyday urban driving is not recommended (moreover, in some areas their use on paved roads is prohibited). In addition, use of these tyres on paved surfaces will increase fuel consumption, drastically increase noise and compromise vehicle handling. That is why installation of mud tyres is reasonable only before an off-road trip. The second type is a balanced solution, as features less aggressive tread pattern, but harder compound.
Popular models of off-road tyres:
- Firestone Destination;
- Goodyear Wrangler;
- BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain;
- Dunlop Radial Mud Rover;
- Toyo Open Country M/T;
- Maxxis Bighorn and some others.
Apart from AT and MT tyres, many tyre manufacturers offer SUV versions of their basic models for off-roaders and minivans. These tyres have increased load rating and reinforced inner construction, while their tread pattern is designed for urban use. If you don’t use your car where there are no roads and have no desire to adjust characteristics of your vehicle, install tyres of the sizes specified by the car maker in the manual.
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