Choosing the right tires for your vehicle is an important decision. Whether you drive a CUV, SUV, or a pickup, the tires you choose have a direct impact on traction, comfort, road noise, tread life, and durability. With new tire brands and a growing selection of tire models and direct replacement sizes out on the market, deciding which one to buy can be challenging. As such, here’s a quick guide to help you choose what kind of tires best suit your needs.
HIGHWAY TERRAIN (H/T)
In most cases, these are original equipment (OE) tires found on most SUVs and pickup trucks. As the name denotes it is suited for use on highways or paved roads. Its characteristics are usually quiet, comfortable, and long-lasting making it perfect for daily urban driving.
If you don’t plan on going off-road, and simply want a tire that’s great for dry and wet road conditions, then an H/T tire is probably your best choice.
H/T Tire General Characteristics
- Smooth and Quiet Ride
- Wet/Dry Weather Performance
- Long Tread Life
MUD TERRAIN (M/T)
These tires are easy to spot as they have aggressive tread patterns that are spaced apart, enabling it to go over rocks and muddy terrain with ease They also feature super-tough sidewalls making them extremely durable. However, this can be uncomfortable and noisy when used on concrete or paved roads on a daily basis. Make sure to consider your needs and how much off-roading you’re planning on doing.
M/T Tire General Characteristics
- Aggressive Tread Pattern
- Maximum Durability
- Provides Ultimate Off-Road Traction (Mud, Dirt, Rocks, Gravel)
Get the best of both worlds from these tires as they are perfectly suited for daily driving duties coupled with weekend off-road adventures. All-Terrain tires generally have a deep tread with interlocking design elements which enable them to provide excellent traction in muddy terrain as well as traction on paved roads.
A/T Tire General Characteristics
- More Aggressive Look
- Dry/Wet Weather Traction
- Long Tread Life
RUGGED TERRAIN (R/T)
Relatively new in terms of design and designation, these tires are a combination of an All-Terrain and Mud-Terrain tire. Made to provide on and off-road performance, it combines the design features of both the A/T and M/T tires, such as large open voids and knobby sidewall tread to help move mud as well as siped tread lugs to improve traction in wet terrain.
R/T Tire General Characteristics
- Aggressive Tread pattern
- Great Off-Road Traction
- Wet/Dry Handling