Truck Tires: Off-Road Tires and Mud Tires / Mudding Tires Versus All-Terrain Tires

If you have a truck or rugged SUV that you often drive off of the beaten path, then you should consider using tires that are more aggressive than standard Highway All-Season tires or Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires. How much more aggressive do should you consider? That depends on how much off-road driving you'll be doing and how severe your off-road driving conditions will be. These should be your primary considerations.

The most aggressive Off-Road Maximum Traction tires are best suited for drivers who use their trucks on loose soil, deep mud, slippery rocks  and the most challenging off-road trails. Tires in this category are optimized to excel in the toughest off-road conditions. They feature reinforced sidewall protection to handle rough terrain and tread patterns that provide traction in difficult off-road situations. A few top choices based on our customer feedback, ratings and survey data, include the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2, Firestone Destination M/T and Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar

 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
 Firestone Destination  M/T
Firestone Destination M/T
 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R With Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler MT/R w/ Kevlar

Because Off-Road Maximum Traction tires often have a very firm ride and are louder than more street-friendly tires, they may not be an appropriate choice for your particular needs. For a driver who only needs to occasionally traverse lighter off-road conditions such as gravel roads, soil and sandy trails, I would suggest shopping in the On- /Off- Road All-Terrain tires category. Tires in this category will give the traction that is needed for most situations without many of the compromises in ride quality, wear and snow traction that comes with mud -terrain tires. In other words, they tend to perform just as well on-road as they do off-road. For additional information, take a look at "Best On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Tires in Snow."

Choosing between mud-terrain and all-terrain tires involves compromise. If you're undecided, consult with other drivers who encounter similar driving conditions and learn from their experiences and feedback. If you are still on the fence on which type to buy, keep in mind that getting stuck in an off-road situation is likely to be far more inconvenient than the ride quality and noise issues of a more aggressive tire.  


Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Eric

Can I use a narrow ( 30x9.50 15 ) on the front and a wider (31x10.50 15) on the rear of my 1983 Dodge W150?

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