The automobile industry has evolved. With the evolution of vehicles, the tyre industry has also evolved.
There are several different types of tyres available in the market today. To understand which type of tyre is best for you, there are a few things you need to study.
Motorcars which are designed with the sole purpose of carrying people are called passenger vehicles and tyres used in these cars are called passenger tyres.
Offering comfortable and smooth drives, the tyres for these vehicles are designed to perform well on roads and highways.
Passenger vehicles can further be classified into two categories, luxury passenger vehicles and economical passenger vehicles.
The types of tyres that would fit in any vehicle completely depends on what the driver wants. So, let’s discuss a few categories of passenger tyres.
- All-Season tyres
- Summer tyres
- Performance tyres
- Track and Competition tyres
All-season tyres are the most common one. Preferred by the driver due to their versatility — all-season tyre offers perfect performance in dry, wet and winter conditions.
The symmetrical pattern in all-season tyres enables them to offer great traction on roads and highways.
Summer tyres are designed to offer great handling and cornering on roads. Maintaining ideal traction on well-paved roads, they also decrease the risk of hydroplaning in the rainy weather.
Manufacturers craft summer tyres keeping warm weather conditions in mind. The idea is to increase performance in warmer weathers. One thing to keep in mind is that they cannot be used in colder climates.
Performance Summer tyres
This is a category within the summer tyres. These are engineered to provide maximum speed on highways and roads with enhanced cornering and handling capabilities.
They tread in performance tyres is smooth hence, they are more prone to hydroplaning then summer tyres.
Track and Competition Tyres
As the name suggests, these tyres are made to fit into a high-performance vehicle which hit the track. Offering consistent grip on roads in dry conditions, they have a high-tech body with reinforced sidewalls. These are also very costly.
Light truck tyres
Light truck tyres come in various categories. What makes them different from passenger tyres is the way they are utilised.
Apart from carrying passengers, they can be used for other strenuous tasks such as towing a vehicle or carrying cargo.
You can also find a variety in LT tyres depending upon the terrain you drive on. If you own a light truck and you mostly carry cargo and other stuff through roads, then a highway LT tyre is the right option for you, while if you have a 4×4 and you like to explore off-road then a mud LT tyre would do the job for you.
Here are some different types of LT truck tyres
- Highway LT tyres
- All-terrain LT tyres
- Mud LT tyres
- Performance LT tyres
- Ribbed LT tyres
Highway LT Tyres
The tread pattern in highway tyres is like the standard all-season tyres. They are perfect for people who drive light trucks and mostly drive on well-paved surfaces.
Known for their reliability, they also have few sipings which make them more favourable for all seasons.
Mud LT Tyres
Mud LT tyres are known for their heavy tread patterns. These are ideal for the adventurous driver who likes to drive on terrains that require tough rubber. Giving it a muscular appearance, the sidewalls of mud tyres are also aggressive and well-built.
They can resist punctures and tears. The only downside is they make too much noise when driven on highways and the tread wears off faster.
All-Terrain LT Tyres
These are for people who want the best of both worlds, highway and off-road. The tread pattern in All-Terrain LT tyres is less aggressive than mud tyres but sturdier than highway tyres.
They perform well on sand, gravel and mud, while they also don’t give any discomfort to the driver when taken on well-paved surfaces.
Many people call them the best light truck tyres because of their versatile tread that offers comfort on longer roads and have extensive tread life.