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Should I buy mud terrain tyres?

4WD off-road driving through mud.

Choosing the right tyre for your 4WD involves consideration as to the type of terrain that you’ll be predominantly driving on.

Mud terrains (MT) are known for their aggressive tyre tread, which is designed to withstand the harshest of off-road terrain. From mud, rock and sand - a MT tyre will provide the necessary off-road capabilities for your 4WD.
If you have been considering a set of MTs for your 4WD, here’s what you should know.

What are MT tyres?

Just as their name suggests, MT tyres are designed for muddy conditions. They feature an aggressive, self-cleaning tread pattern that makes them ideal for heavy off-roading duties.
The bulkier tread and thicker all-round construction of a MT tyre is designed to resist staking, punctures and impact damage.
Mud terrain tyres are typically designed for around 85% off-road use and 15% on-road use.

What are the benefits of using MT tyres?

For those who intend to use their 4WD predominantly off-road, a quality set of MT tyres have the potential to change how well your vehicle drives off-road.
Quality MT tyres perform well across an array of challenging terrains, including loose gravel, steep terrains, sand and of course, mud.
The large, open tread pattern of the MT tyre is intended to eject mud, dirt and rocks more easily. The tread pattern also offers good off-road traction.
The durable construction of a MT means that they are more puncture resistant.
Typically, MT tyres have a lower speed rating and a higher load index than HT and AT tyres.
Close up image of a mud terrain tyre.

Are there any negatives to driving on MT tyres?

When compared to a Highway Terrain (HT) or an All Terrain (AT), MT tyres aren’t as efficient on sealed roads. The tread pattern of an MT has a higher rolling resistance than HT and AT tyres. This leads to increased fuel consumption and road noise. This is why it is important that you give consideration to the intended purpose of your vehicle and tyres. If you intend to drive predominantly off-road then these negatives may be a compromise worth taking.
It is also important to be aware that MT tyres have a tendency to wear unevenly, in a classic ‘heel and toe’ manner. This uneven wear can create an annoying noise, which is why at BestDrive, we recommend that you have your tyres regularly rotated to maintain even wear.
Where MT tyres may lack in sealed road performance, they certainly make up for in off-road capabilities. If you intend to regularly drive in muddy and rocky terrain, then the aggressive pattern of a MT tyre could make them the right choice for you.
If you are looking to replace the tyres on your 4WD, head into your local BestDrive store for expert advice and trusted, quality tyres. We supply and fit a great range of tyres including Continental, BFGoodrich and Kumho.
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