Part of the pleasure of living in Alberta is that no matter where you are, beautiful scenes are only a short drive away. Many Albertans also find that their work takes them into rugged rural areas, which is why a lot of locals favour cars that can handle rough roads and off-road driving. When you spend a lot of money on a truck or SUV and then try to drive it off road with ordinary road tires, you’ll get poor performance. Off-road tires will help ensure that your vehicle can handle rough terrain.
Choosing the Right Off-road Tires
Not all off-road tires are created equal. To get the best performance out of your car, you’ll need to know where and in what conditions you plan to drive and choose tires accordingly.
If you’re serious about going driving where no car has gone before, you’ll want to invest in a set of heavy-duty wheels that can take a battering without losing their shape. Mud tires give you maximum traction and puncture resistance while keeping themselves clean. More casual off-road drivers can get along with all-terrain tires, which are able to deal with both off-road and highway driving equally well.
The type of tire is only one consideration. The size of the tire is also important. A taller tire rotates more slowly and puts less stress on your engine when you’re pushing through rough terrain. Big tires also climb over obstacles more easily. Finally, a smaller tire tends to make the rim more vulnerable to damage, which is something you absolutely don’t want when you’re driving over rocky ground during your next adventure. On the other hand, if your tire is too large, you’ll see excessive friction and tread wear. Depending on your manufacturer, there may be a decal inside your driver’s-side door frame, glove box or gas tank hatch that will explain what range of tire sizes your vehicle can accept. Otherwise, a tire professional should be able to explain what sizes would work best for you.
To learn more about off-road tires and browse an extensive selection of tires, wheels and rims, visit Red Deer Custom Auto Works or call 403-340-3733. You can also request a quote for a particular wheel and tire package for your car.