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Truck tyre tips 101 | How to choose the best wheels for your vehicle

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Are you thinking of getting your truck a new set of wheels? New truck tyres can be a great way to spruce up your vehicle's appearance and improve driving performance. However, you have to be careful when choosing them so you don't end up with the wrong kind of tyre for your vehicle. Below are a few tips to help you make the best choice.

Determine where they'll be used

There are tyres designed specifically for different driving conditions. For instance, wet areas require wheels that have deeper treads than drier places. The tread is able to trap water and flick it away from the road's surface, allowing for better contact and traction between the tire and the road. For snowy conditions, you might even need tyres with deeper lugs and grooves that enable the wheel to bite better into the snow.

If you'll be driving over long distances, choose wheels that have a higher speed rating (a tyre's ability to prevent heat build-up) for better control and handling at higher speeds. In order to make the right choice when selecting your wheel, remember to carefully assess where you'll spend most of your driving.

Check the code

Did you know that every tyre comes with a code? You can usually find it on the tire's side wall. This code tells all the capabilities of the wheel. For instance, if it begins with LT, then that tyre is meant for use on light trucks and would be a good option for pickups or SUVs. In addition, a code can also tell which seasons the tyre is best for. So, in case it ends with M+S, then it is suitable for pretty much any season. Furthermore, a good code should also contain the load and speed rating, radial construction, and dimensions of the wheel to guide you in making your decision.

Choose the correct size

The size of your tire plays a critical role in determining your driving experience. Therefore, rather than buying to impress, focus on buying to fit. Even though big tyres have an aggressive monster truck appeal, they may not always be the best option. Their large surface area gives you less control around very tight turns. On the other hand, too small tyres could decrease the overall stability of your vehicle. Get wheels whose size is as close to the stock ones that came with your vehicle in the first place in order to get the best performance.