The difference between regular and off-road tires is on the tread patterns. Off-road tires have deeper and wider grooves to provide more traction on unpaved surfaces such as loose dirt, sand, mud, or gravel. They help the tread sink into mud or gravel surfaces and are also known as mud-terrain tires & all-terrain tires. Such tires help provide a firm grip on dry, rocky terrain as well as in wet, slippery road conditions. Additionally, your vehicle will look so impressively cool with off-road tires’ rough and rugged aesthetic. For those who like to drive off the beaten path, off-road tires are for you.
Off-road tire types:
There are different off-road tire types suitable for different driving conditions. All you must do is choose which type of off-road tires suit the needs of your ride.
All-terrain (AT) tires
Off-road tires are made to perform exceptionally on rough terrain, but all-terrain tires were built to perform exceptionally in all conditions. All-terrain tires perform well over rough terrains and even in slippery road conditions. Their tread patterns are designed to be versatile and provide an amazing grip along with the required traction for wet surfaces, smooth roads, rough terrain, sharp turns, and tight corners. Moreover, such tires make it easy for vehicles and their drivers to get out of moderate muddy situations. All-terrain tire grooves create patterns that disperse rain and provide a strong grip even on loose sand.
Additionally, these tires offer extra traction and an enhanced grip in extreme conditions. There are sipes (thinly-cut slits) in the treads of these tires. Sipes provide additional grip and traction.
Mud-terrain (MT) tires
Mud-terrain or MT tires feature distinct tread patterns with bigger tread patterns and more voids than AT tires. Their rugged patterns allow for more traction in softer terrain like mud and sand. However, due to the space between the lugs (designed to clean out debris quickly), MT tires are thought to be less comfortable on the road and are noisier. Therefore, they are best for vehicles that see regular off-road driving, off-road enthusiasts, or those looking for an off-road appearance. In addition, MT sidewalls are reinforced to resist abrasions, punctures, and tears that can occur when off-road driving. MT tires can also be used for fair winter weather conditions, with little ice and snow.
When it comes to off-road driving, remember:
When driving on irregular surfaces and terrains, vehicles need high traction and a strong grip on the ground, especially on irregular surfaces and terrain. Usually, the bigger the tire size, the better it can perform in off-road conditions due to more surface area. In addition, if you go for a bigger tire size, you will be able to protect your vehicle’s bottom from rough and rocky terrain.