Looking for new tyres for your trucks? Feeling confused about which one to buy? Don’t be. Here we give you a quick guide on how to decide the right tyres for your trucks.
On which terrain, the truck is driven the most?
Truck tyres come in various categories. Before you start exploring the market, you first need to see that where the truck is driven the maximum? Is it just on the streets, a combination of streets and off-road or exclusively off-road? All season tyres are good for pavement driving. If you drive maximum in the rough, rocky surface with a lot of mud then off-road tyres will be a suggestion for you. Off-road tyres, also known as mud tyres have knobby tread patterns and stiffer sidewalls which helps in easy driving over the rocks and mud without puncture. Prefer all-terrain tyres when the maximum of the times truck is driven on the street but at times go off roads too.
What size of the tyre is good for the truck?
It is recommended that the new tyres should be of the same size as the old tyres were. If you don’t know the size of the existing tyres you can check the owner’s manual or the sticker on the inside panel of the driver’s road, there you will get the information about the tyre’s size.
Learn to read the tyres:
Every tyre sidewall has ratings written on them. The ratings are for specific features but indicate at the overall performance. You should know about them, understand them and must be able to figure out that what ratings are good for your tyres?
Truck tyre size rating:
Written on the side of the tyre, size rating is usually shown in metric. While going for new tyres, we suggest going for a better rating than the current rating as to have better performance but then make sure that you don’t go to extremes. Stay in the middle of your rating scale.
Truck tyre speed rating:
This is the rating of the speed range at which the truck can be driven with the load on it. The common designations used in this category of rating are V and Z. V means the range of 240 km/hr or 149 mph. Z means the top speed. This designation ensures that you can safely drive on the speed you choose.
Truck tyre loading rating:
This number explains the limit of load which is safe to carry on the truck. Again, select the rating as per the load your truck carries.
Truck tyre tread rating:
This is another important rating to check. Most of the tyres have UTQG, which is a specification for treadwear, traction and temperature. The theory says higher the treadwear rating, the longer the tyres last. The treadwear rating is also an indication of how hard the tire compound is. The harder the compound, the better the life of the tyres.
You should always buy the tyres that have good coverage against the defects. Well, most of the tyres come with a warranty but still look for the one which specifically says about treadwear warranty. This warranty guarantees that the tread will last up to the specific number of miles. However, if the tyres are specifically designed for off-roading then no treadwear warranty comes. Don’t ever forget to clearly read and understand the fine warranty terms.
Date of manufacture:
While buying the tyre do check the date of manufacturing mentioned on the sidewall. It is a DOT code represented by A 4-digit number where the first two digits indicate the week and the last two speak about the year.
The reputation of the manufacturer:
Read the reviews of the tyres you are planning to buy. Buy from renowned manufacturers as they always provide products of better quality and high standard. So, the process of buying tyres is not that tough a job also. You just need to keep these points in mind and you are surely going to enjoy a smooth ride.