4×4 Tyre Tips for Driving Off-Road
If you are planning a post lockdown off-road adventure, there will be a few things you need to think about before embarking on your trip. One of the most important, is your tyres. Make sure your 4×4 has suitable 4×4 tyres and ensure you have followed all our tips that we will cover in this blog post.
Ensure you have the correct 4×4 tyres
As a 4×4 owner, you probably know that taking your car off-road with regular tyres wont get you too far. They won’t provide the right support your 4×4 or SUV needs in order to perform on the unstable off-road conditions. Even multi purpose tyres may struggle with the unpredictable terrains. Investing in some premium off-road tyres will ensure you have both a comfortable and safe ride.
4×4 mud tyres
For improved performance when driving off road, 4×4 mud tyres are a fantastic choice. Designed with large tread blocks, and voids around the edge, mud tyres provide a convenient self cleaning method. As the tyre rolls through thick and wet mud, the grooves mean the mud is pushed out, in turn giving you better traction in the rough conditions. A thinner 4×4 tyre will give you a smoother ride in chalky, or clay filled terrain whereas wider tyres are the best choice for tackling bumpy and stoney land.
Extreme 4×4 tyres
Designed for only the hardest terrain, extreme 4×4 tyres are crafted with extra large tread blocks that are separated by large voids. This helps cut down through the mud and expel it either side of the tyre. It is always best to purchase a set of extreme tyres if you are planning on tackling this kind of terrain. They will push through and support you on every hill climb, ditch, trench, and track you come across.
Check your tyres are safe and suitable
Already have a set of 4×4 tyres fitted to your car? It is always important to check your tyres before going anywhere. These are the only points of contact your car has to the road, no matter how rough the terrain. So it is a must to always make sure they are safe and suitable for the off-road drive.
Tyre pressure is especially important for off-road tyres as you need to ensure they aren’t too hard, and therefore at risk of bursting, or too under inflated. Both these can be extremely dangerous, so if you are adjusting the pressure to suit the kind of terrain you are driving on, make sure you take a pump with you to adjust from surface to surface for ultimate safety.
Grip is extremely important when travelling off road so no matter the trip you are embarking on, it is important to replace your tyres when the grip has worn away excessively. At etyres, we recommend to change your 4×4 tyres when the tread depth reaches 3mm. The legal limit is 1.6mm but for off-road adventures, you want to have the best grip possible. For all terrain and mud tyres, we recommend changing them at 4mm. Having a lower tread depth can cause stopping distances up to 40 metres shorter than a tyre with efficient grip.
Now that you’re up to speed on all things you need to look for and know when purchasing your 4×4 off-road tyres, head over to our website to find the best fit for your vehicle.