How to choose tyres on an SUV?

The considerations you would make when purchasing tyres for any type of SUV are similar to those you would make when purchasing tyres for any other vehicle. Some tires are not tires for off-road vehicles. SUV tires are not designed for intense off-roading. Every vehicle has an optimum tyre that will help it operate better and be safer. It’s critical to research the best tyres to buy before investing in new tyres that may or may not be the best fit for your vehicle’s performance or the road conditions you’ll encounter.

Size of the tires

Tire specs can have a significant impact on a vehicle’s performance, so finding the right tyre size for your truck or SUV is vital.

When selecting tyres for your SUV, keep the following aspects in mind.

SUV tyres should encounter both highway and camping use. Tread patterns should be sharper and more rough. Treads and sidewalls should be reinforced. SUV tyres should have minimal tread wear and low road noise.

Matched” tires

When the vehicle is rounding a corner or temporarily spinning a tyre, four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive cars include additional differentials and viscous couplings that allow momentary changes in individual wheel speeds. A tyre mismatch can force the system to run at full throttle all of the time, causing undue wear on the tyres, differentials, and viscous couplings, and potentially total failure of the mechanism. That is why it is recommended that you use “matched” tyres, which are essentially the same brand, design and tread.

Tire Code

Tire Type: The sequence that begins with “LT,” is designed for light trucks or SUVs.

Tire Width: The next set of numbers is the width from sidewall to sidewall measured in millimeters.

Aspect Ratio: Next, you’ll see a slash followed by numbers that measure the height of the tire from cross section to width.

Construction: A letter “R” means that layers run radially across the tire.

Wheel Diameter: These numbers are the size of the wheel the tire is meant to fit. If.

Load Index – The final set of digits and letters begins with a number equal to the tyre load index. The greater this number, the greater the load capacity of the tyre. If you see two numbers here, the first refers to a single tyre, while the second refers to two tyres placed side by side.

Speed rating – The last letter of the tire’s speed rating, which ranges from “A” to “Z,” represents the tire’s maximum speed.


Seasonality is important when choosing the right tyres for your SUV in order to have the best performance and handling.

Summer: Designed to give optimal handling and grip on dry and wet roads with temperatures above 7°C,

Winter: Designed to provide extra grip and traction in tough, cold conditions below 7°C, such as snow and ice.

All Season: They can handle most winter conditions, including ice and snowfall, while also demonstrating summer tyre characteristics for wet and dry weather.

Talen Lee
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