What Are the Reasons to Install Light Truck Tires?
Why change up your vehicle’s tires? It all boils down to what the specific tire type was designed to do. For example, passenger tires work well for sedans, hatchbacks and coupes — cars that aren’t necessarily lifting heavy loads or navigating rough terrain. On the other hand, light truck (LT) tires work best with larger pickup trucks, SUVs, work vans and other heavier-duty vehicles.
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What makes LT tires so important?
1. Unlike standard passenger tires, LT tires can support a heavier load — not just the items your vehicle is pulling, but also the weight of your SUV itself. This is so because they’re built with more material and have sturdier sidewalls, all of which help the tires handle the extra weight.
2. The features that account for a higher carrying capacity also make the tires more durable.
3. That thicker rubber can help the tires last longer and help you in the towing and hauling departments, but the thicker, reinforced sidewalls make these tires optimal for off-roading as well as driving on rough roads or during inclement weather.
All of this said, make sure the tires’ load-carry capacity works for the vehicle’s weight class (and any added cargo). If you have a ¾-ton or 1-ton pickup truck, for example, you need LT tires. But if you throw LT tires on a small SUV or pickup, they can give the vehicle a stiffer, harsher ride and, as such, should be avoided.