Considering that they are most in contact with all sorts of terrain, your truck tires are subject to maximum wear and tear! Yet, few (maybe you too!) bother to maintain them, I peak condition or even change them when necessary. It therefore should come as no surprise that the vehicle gets stuck on muddy roads or logging trails quite often!
Now, if you do not want to face the jeers and sneers of others, ensure that your truck’s tires are well looked after. True, there are things like “all-purpose” tires, but they are suitable for light trucks and for casual routine jobs.
If you are planning to hit the highways and take short cuts to reach your destination faster, then you need to keep checking on your tires often and ensure that they are suitable for your particular terrain. It is advisable to consult experienced off-road truck drivers and find out which brand is most suitable for your adventurous journeys. Also, when tires have to be changed, do not be stingy—change all four of them! Otherwise, you will have different tires breaking down at different times! And all four tires should be exactly the same.
Just to keep you informed, here are the various tires that you can choose from—
(1) Suitable for all kinds of surfaces and weather conditions, the “All-Terrain Tires” can prove extremely useful for daily driving. No matter that the road is just a dirt track, sandy or muddy, wet or dry, they can hold on! You should be able to drive even over a slightly snowy surface. Driving on highways and paved roads are definitely a pleasure with these tires!
(2) There are also the “All-season” or “All-Purpose” Tires. You can use your truck safely during all four seasons. Though light snow will hamper its movement, it would be advisable to avoid Edmonton’s extremely cold weather conditions or heavy snowfall. Despite the label M/S (mud/snow) on these tires, they cannot provide the adequate traction required for holding on to surfaces covered with snow. The proper rubber compound is missing, and so is the open tread block pattern.
(3) “Snow Tires” are meant just for that—movement on surfaces covered with thick snow. There is a special design on these tires—an open tread block pattern that provides a narrow look to the tires that have been manufactured with the help of a rubber compound. Naturally, traction is good.
You might be living in a climate that goes to extremes. Ordinary snow tires,
therefore, will not do for icy surfaces. There are metal posts embedded in ordinary snow tires to facilitate movement on
surfaces that have hard-packed ice and snow. The traction is 40% more in this
case. The snag is that these tires are extremely noisy, plus you cannot use
your truck safely on wet or dry surfaces (because of decreased traction). “Studded Snow Tires”, in fact, have been banned in many locations
as they give the pavements a “chewed-up” look;
that is, they cause damage. If required, they can be used only during certain months
of the year.
(5) Since we are mainly concerned with winter, let us discuss “Winter Tires” next. These are designed for rain, slush, ice and snow—they have special tread compounds and tread patterns for providing good traction. The best thing about them is that they are not as noisy as snow tires!
If you should find a snowflake or a mountain symbol on these tires, you can rest assured that they have received the go-ahead certification from the authorities.
(6) During your long journeys, you are bound to encounter mud-bogged roads too. What do you do then? Ensure that your truck has a wide tire. So with each rotation, there is better traction. You can even use your vehicle on rocky terrains, sandy paths, and unpacked snow. But avoid icy terrains and rainy weather.
If fitted with these tires, your truck is going to announce its presence quite loudly on the highways!
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