General information about SUV tyres
All-terrain tires are typically used on SUVs and light trucks. These tires often have stiffer sidewalls for greater resistance against puncture when travelling off-road, the tread pattern offers wider spacing than all-season tires to remove mud from the tread. Many tyres in the all-terrain category are designed primarily for on-road use, particularly all-terrain tires that are originally sold with the vehicle.
Evolution of 4x4 tyres
4x4 vehicles have evolved noticeably since the 4x4 vehicles were built at the end of the 1800s. During the end of the 1980s, the 4x4 became very popular as the multi-purpose vehicle of choice, providing excellent off-road, and on-road experience, and in the 1990s many more affordable options became available on the market. However, 4x4 tyres also have had to improve significantly. Today, after several decades of improving, we have different types of tyres that can meet everybody's needs. Whether you are looking for tyres for off-road use, or on-road use, or even something else, you can find the perfect ones for your precious vehicle.
Types of 4x4 tyres
- Highway Terrain: These tyres tend to have 'rib' designed into the pattern to reduce noise, and also tend to provide longer life to the tyres as the pattern is less aggressive. Ideal usage: 85% on-road and 15% off-road.
- All Terrain: The most common of all SUV/4x4 tyres, a more aggressive pattern than highway tyres, but not as noisy and shorter lifetime than the mud tyres. A great compromise on drivers that are on-road during the week, but occasionally take the vehicle off-road on the weekends. Ideal usage¬: 50% on-road and 50% off-road.
- Mud Terrain: The most aggressive pattern out of the three options, these are specifically designed for off-road driving. All mud tyres will be noisy on-road, and will wear very quickly if you use them mostly on the road. Ideal usage: 10% on-road and 90% off-road.