Tyre Comparison - What are the differences between light truck tyres and car tyres?

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Tyres are one of the most crucial elements of any vehicle. However, with such a wide selection available, it is important to know which tyre type is right for you. Choosing the right tyres will lead to an efficient and high-performing vehicle, yet the wrong tyres could result in damage and hassle. The tyre comparison with two of the most common types of tyres are light truck tyres and commercial tyres, and this piece will reveal their differences to help you understand the type of vehicle they are suited to. Load capacity Firstly, light truck tyres are most suited for light and heavy-duty vehicles which regularly carry light and heavy loads. They often have a load range of 10 ply. Commercial tyres are more suited for passenger vehicles like cars, but commercial van tyres are also available. As a result, these vehicle tyres tend to have significantly less load range of around 4 ply, so if you're set on carrying heavier loads, light truck tyres are the right choice. Size Light truck tyres are much larger and wider than commercial tyres. This is because light truck tyres need to be stronger and handle heavier loads than commercial tyres. The more area available inside the tyre, the more air that can be put into it, which will increase the pressure and strength of the tyres, making them able to carry heavier loads. Commercial vehicles don’t need as much air inside since their loads are usually just passengers, and the smaller tyres are a perfect fit for smaller vehicles. Tyre tread Tyre tread is also an important factor for tyres since it determines the vehicle's grip strength on certain terrains. Light truck tyres have more complex tread patterns with 20/32nds of tread or more. This gives them greater grip when carrying heavier loads, and when these loads are carried on rougher terrains, the tyres will still perform well without the risk of losing traction. Commercial tyres often have simpler tread patterns with 10/32nds of tread or more, which enables them to perform best on smoother terrain, like roads, to carry passengers safely. When rougher terrains are involved, commercial tyres may not be able to withstand them, which may pose a safety risk. Sidewalls Following on from this, light truck tyres are built with more material and have more rigid sidewalls than commercial tyres. This makes them less susceptible to wearing and makes them much more resistant to exterior damage that may come from rough terrain. Commercial van tyres, for example, will work well in softer terrain, but the tyres have less sturdy sidewalls and are not built to resist the exterior damage that comes from certain environments. Over time, this might result in tyre damage. Therefore, the more durable light truck tyres will result in less maintenance when used on rougher terrain. Flexibility Because they must be able to carry heavier loads, light truck tyres are much stiffer than commercial tyres. Whilst they are strong and work well on rougher terrain, their rigid construction does not give them much flexibility, and this can result in a rougher ride. Commercial tyres, however, are made for passenger use and are therefore more flexible, which creates a smoother ride on roads or soft terrain. If you have any further questions or would like assistance in choosing the perfect tyres for you, get in touch with our expert team now at info@doubled.tyreright.com.au or give us a call on 130 033 8973.

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