Trucks are versatile vehicles for driving in different road conditions, provided you choose the right tires for proper traction, maneuverability, etc. Suppose you’re mostly driving through muddy roads. Then your tire selection should focus on excellent traction capacity in such terrain.
This article will discuss some of the most common types of truck tires and how to choose the best one for your driving needs.
3 Types of Truck Tires
1. Highway truck tires (H/T tires)
If you’re looking for tires built specifically to enhance highway performance, this is the kind of tire you want. H/T tires offer optimal comfort and low road noise while providing longevity.
These tires typically offer better gas mileage than other types. With skyrocketing gas prices, H/T tires can be an economical choice.
Triangle Tires offers nylon and radial tires such as TR685, TBC-D11, and TR666. These tires provide multiple benefits, from adequate protection from tire wear, improved heat elimination, reduced fuel consumption, low rolling resistance, and efficient fuel consumption.
2. All-terrain truck tires (A/T tires)
All-terrain truck tires are viable if you travel off-road or in harsh conditions. These tires have more aggressive tread patterns that increase traction when you’re not driving on paved surfaces or areas.
A/T tires have a deeper tread depth, wider grooves, and larger block elements than highway truck tires. TR668 is an example of an all-terrain tire—it provides low tire temperature, less tire noise, and good adaptability.
However, these tires come with some drawbacks such as faster tread erosion, tire scalloping, and decreased mileage. However, that doesn’t mean these tires are any less valuable, but if you want to maximize fuel efficiency over terrain adaptability, you may want to consider other truck tire types.
3. Max-traction or mud-terrain truck tires (M/T tires)
Max-traction or mud-terrain tires are for rocky and soft terrains. Since tires need optimal traction on rugged terrains like mud and slippery rocks, these truck tires are typically larger while featuring tread lugs.
M/T tires typically use softer compounds that can flex and “grab” onto rocky surfaces, providing increased traction on bumpy trails. However, these softer compounds also cause M/T tires to wear out more quickly when used at highway speeds, so if you’re doing most of your driving on highways, you’re better off using highway H/T tires.
Two examples of M/T tires in our inventory are TR691 and TR918. These tires offer good brake performance, wear resistance, and increased resistance to cuts. The downside is they may have increased noise levels and a shorter lifespan than other tires.
How to Choose the Best Type of Truck Tire for Your Needs
1. Consider your vehicle type
An essential step before buying any truck tire is knowing the type of vehicle you are using. The last thing you want is to purchase a tire that doesn’t perform as you hoped. Whether a sports utility vehicle, sedan, or truck, you want to ensure you pick the right tire.
2. Decide on the purpose of your vehicle
Besides determining your vehicle, you must know its specific use. Is it for long road trips or daily use? Will it carry tons of weight? These considerations typically relate to vital factors, such as the style of driving you’ll do, which will help inform your choice.
3. Pick tires that are ideal for your regular route
Different tires will have different purposes. Some will perform better on specific terrains while others will struggle, so it’s essential to know your route.
Suppose you regularly pass through SLEX (South Luzon Expressway) or CALAX (Cavite-Laguna Expressway); you can opt for H/T tires. If you drive through hilly areas, then choose M/T tires. Finally, if you expect to encounter a mix of terrains, the A/T tires are your best choice.
4. Consider the weight the tires need to carry
Too much weight can be detrimental and cause tire issues, so it’s best to go for tires durable enough for the weight it needs to carry.
5. Understand its longevity
Finally, knowing the tires’ longevity will help you understand when to replace them. Since driving in a vehicle with compromised tires is unsafe, familiarizing yourself with a tire’s lifespan will help you prepare safety measures, such as backup tires.
Understanding Your Gears
Tires are a crucial part of any vehicle. Each type serves a purpose, and it is up to you to choose the right one for your needs. However, don’t rush when choosing a tire. You must thoroughly understand what and where you will use the tires to improve your vehicle’s performance.
If you’re looking for quality tires, Triangle Tires can help. We have a wide array of tires—from passenger cars and light trucks to heavy equipment vehicles—available for delivery at an affordable price. For more information, browse our tire catalog or contact us to know your options.