Speed racers and off-roaders: different types of truck tires

Most light trucks are rated for passenger tires, and often come with passenger tires straight from the factory. Passenger tires are rated for everyday, basic driving. This is fine if you are simply driving your truck around town, but if you want to haul items in the bed, you may find that the passenger tires do not allow your truck to handle as well as you'd like.

Light truck tires are great tires for trucks that will be used as working trucks, hauling and transporting loads in your truck bed. They have a higher load rating and stronger, thicker sidewalls. This is great if you may be traveling in areas with more debris that could hit your tires (such as farms or construction sites). These tires are generally meant for working trucks; if you only haul an occasional load, you will probably be fine with most all-weather passenger tires.

If you would rather have a truck that can handle high speeds and race-like conditions, then a performance tire may be the best tire for you. These tires have large tread sections that grip the pavement for better handling and traction. Also, they usually have some type of special groove design or tread pattern that helps clear your tires of moisture and rain, perfect for slick pavement.

Winter tires and mudding tires

Everyone knows to weigh down their truck beds in winter to improve traction, but not everyone is aware of the difference winter tires (sometimes called snow tires) can make when hauling precious loads. While it may seem like a lot of money to pay for tires, truck handling is greatly improved when winter tires are used on slick, snowy roads. These tires have softer rubber and thicker, more deeply grooved tread. Not only does it help with traction, but also a winter truck tire is designed with special patterns in the grooves to help propel snow and debris from your tire.

You will likely want to have fun with your truck, since trucks usually come with all-wheel drive. What better way to get a few thrills than to take a trip through a muddy field after a good rain? Like winter tires, mudding tires are softer and have chunkier tread to help you get traction in very soggy conditions. This particular type of truck tire is also designed with grooves that propel dirt and debris away from your tires, so that you don't end up spinning in a mud puddle. Remember also that mud tires are loud and don't get good gas mileage on the highway, so you may want to only put them on a special vehicle designated for short mudding trips, or transport your mud vehicle on a trailer.

Commercial truck tires

Most commercial truck tires are much bigger and wider than passenger truck tires; usually 275 mm to 295 mm wide. They are used primarily on semi trucks, but also on passenger buses and working trucks like dump trucks. Usually these semi truck tires are attached in pairs, although a new tire known as the "Super Single" has come on the market. The Super Single is 455 mm wide, and reduces the number of sidewalls and the amount of tread touching the ground, which helps the truck handle better and use gas more efficiently.

With such a variety of truck tires out there, it may be hard to decide what tires are best for your truck. Do an assessment of the main uses of your truck and come to Sears, where we can help you select the perfect tires for your truck.

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