There you are, driving along the highway in your 4X4 when you glance off to the side only to see an oh-so-inviting muddy logging trail. “Can’t pass this one up”, you say to yourself, as you tug on the steering wheel and head off to 4-wheeler’s heaven. Next thing you know, you’re using your cell phone (if it works out in no-man’s land) to call a tow truck. What happened? In the excitement of the moment, did you forget you still had highway tires on your truck? Oops!
Most light trucks come equipped with All Purpose tires, which are fine for everyday driving. But if you’re an offroad enthusiast, you’ll want to take the time to find the tire that’s perfect for your offroad adventures. And there are plenty of options.
ALL-SEASON (All-Purpose) TIRES. These tires are adequate for driving in all four seasons. Most carry an M/S designation (Mud/Snow) but are really meant only for light snow. They don’t have the proper rubber compound for cold weather, nor the open tread block pattern for the traction provided by a snow tire.
ALL-TERRAIN TIRES. These tires are a compromise for those who use their...