Choosing the best type of tires for your four wheel drive vehicle depends greatly on the way you use it. When it comes to all-season tires, there are three main types available. The following guide will detail the differences between these types so you can better choose the right type for your vehicle.
Street tires are rarely the right choice for a truck or SUV with four wheel drive if it is ever taken off road, but they are sometimes available for cars with four-wheel drive. They are also available for all-wheel drive vehicles. They don't have as deep of treads of mud and all-terrain tires.
The tread pattern is also designed to make driving on wet or dry paved roads easier, but they aren't well suited for use on dirt roads or completely off-road. Although they channel water well, they do not channel mud so the tread will become compacted with dirt if you try to go off-road. These tires are usually your least expensive option when it comes to a tire replacement. They are the best choice if you rarely venture off of paved roads and you need to save some green.
These are the perfect tire for many four wheel drive vehicles. They have a deeper tread that is designed to push mud and water through so it doesn't compact in the tread and cause a hazard. The tread can also grip loose mud or sand better than street tires.
The tread is spaced tighter than it is in a mud tire, though. This provides a smoother and quieter ride on paved surfaces. You do lose some off-road traction because of this. If you use your vehicle both on and off paved roads, especially if you sometimes venture off road, then all-terrain tires are a cost-effective alternative to mudding tires.
Mud tires are for full time, or nearly full time, off roading. They have a wide, deep, and open tread pattern that can route large amounts of mud or sand through without it becoming compacted in the tread. This makes them the optimum choice for off roading.
They are not a good choice if you spend a lot of time on paved roads, though. They provide a loud and bumpy ride at highway speeds, plus the wide tread means they don't have good traction on ice. Mud tires will also wear out more quickly when used on paved roads, and since they are more expensive than the other options, longevity can be an issue. Opt for mudding tires if most of your time is spent four wheeling and if you rarely drive on the highway.
For more help, contact a tire dealer near you.