4x4 tyres come in a number of different types and sizes and are designed for use on SUVs (aka Sports Utility Vehicles) and other all-terrain vehicles.
SUV ownership in the UK has increased in recent years, so too has demand for tyres that have been specifically designed for vehicles intended for more challenging terrain and road surfaces.
4x4 tyres at Kwik Fit
Kwik Fit stocks a range of 4x4 tyres suitable for SUVs for both on-road and off-road use from some of the most well-known tyre brands.
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The benefits of 4x4 tyres
Here are some of the advantages of using 4x4 tyres on your SUV:
- Superior traction in extreme conditions - 4x4 tyres are designed for off-road use and are excellent on difficult terrain like soft ground and steep inclines where normal tyres aren’t up to the task and can get stuck. 4x4 tyres also demonstrate better grip in adverse weather conditions like snow and ice than conventional summer tyres.
- Tough construction to hold increased loads - 4x4 tyres typically feature a higher load index than conventional summer tyres and a rigid sidewall. This means they can safely handle heavy loads with ease – ideal for transporting bulky goods or large families.
- Specially designed for 4x4
vehicles - 4x4 vehicles have two
differentials which means that power from the engine is distributed to all four
wheels rather than just two on a front or rear wheel drive vehicle. As all four
wheels are sharing the job of providing propulsion, it is important to fit
tyres intended for specific 4x4 use as 2-wheel drive tyres may suffer from grip
issues and rapid wear.
How do 4x4 tyres work?
4x4 tyres have a tread pattern that is more widely spaced than conventional car tyres and feature a larger tread block and deeper tyre grooves. This allows the tyres to get a better purchase on tough terrain like mud, grass and snow without the tread area becoming clogged. Even if the tread does fill up, the increased surface area in contact with the ground will usually provide enough friction to keep the vehicle moving. Conventional tyres perform poorly on surfaces like boggy ground because the tread fills with mud and grass quickly and the wheel begins to spin, digging the tyre into a deeper and deeper hole.
Which 4x4 tyres should I use?
The type of 4x4 tyre you choose depends a great deal on its intended usage.
On road tyres
If the vehicle is to be used almost solely for road and motorway use then a 4x4 on road tyre will provide the greatest benefits. These tyres look very much like standard car tyres but are larger and have a tread pattern ideal for occasional off-road use. They provide a smooth, quiet ride and improved fuel efficiency over more rugged off-roaders.
Off road tyres
On the other end of the scale, off road tyres will provide the best grip and handling on the most extreme terrains but are not intended for road usage. As a result, when used on regular tarmac roads, these tyres are loud, wear much faster than normal tyres, and increase fuel consumption due to increased rolling resistance. However, off road tyres can tackle practically any road surface and incredibly steep inclines. Off road tyres are ideal for recreational use and agricultural vehicles where they are unlikely to be used on public roads.
All terrain tyres
All terrain tyres offer a balance between these extremes with a tread pattern more suited to regular off road usage and are able to deal with tough situations like muddy and hilly terrain but are designed to be used on roads without excessive wear and fuel consumption. They are great all-rounders for any 4x4 owner who doesn't want to change their tyres between standard and recreational activities.