Are mud tires good in the rain?
Mud tires are not the best option when it’s driving in the rain unless you’re off-roading. You should be extra careful on the highway with mud tires when it’s raining. Mud tires should be your go-to option if you plan to do a lot of offroading. If you plan to mostly drive on the road to school or work, there are definitely better options!
If you’re considering a tire upgrade, I’d suggest using all-terrain tires if you commute at least 50% of the time to the vehicle. Not only will all-terrain tires be a massive improvement offroad compared to street tires, but they won’t wear down as fast, get better fuel economy, and are a lot cheaper compared to mud tires.
Do mud tires hydroplane?
Mud tires have a higher chance of hydroplaning because of the way they’re built. Mud tires are designed with large “lugs”. See the picture above. Essentially mud tires are designed to have optimal traction offroad, not only will having deep “lugs” help with traction, but it also helps with self-cleaning the tires. Self-cleaning will essentially automatically clear mud from between the lugs of the tire. If too much mud or dirt is packed in – It becomes much harder to get traction.
Though widely spaced and deep “lugs” will help clear mud and help with traction, it can become a real issue on the road; Especially in the rain!
When on the road with standing water driving, the water will fill these wide/deep spaces. At a high rate speed, the water can begin to push up on the tires causing your vehicle to hydroplane.
Hydroplaning may sound like a fun thing to do on a Sunday afternoon – but far from it. It’s what happens when your tires lose traction when you drive on wet surfaces. If all four tires start to hydroplane, you lose control of your vehicle and start to slide down the road. It’s incredibly dangerous and far from something I want to experience.
Mud tires have a bigger chance of hydroplaning because of their design. These tires have larger gaps than normal, and water tends to accumulate in there.
The worst part of it all is that the faster you go, the more chance you have of hydroplaning.
What are the best mud tires?
These are my go-to offroad tires for my Jeep Wrangler.
Toyo Open Country M/T
What are the best all-terrain tires?
Been using these for years on company vehicles and my wife’s SUV. I guess I am loyal!
Toyo Open Country A/T II
Are mud tires good for the highway?
If I planned to use the vehicle for mostly highway driving, mud tires would be at the bottom of the list for me. This kind of tire is made to help your truck move around on mud and loose soil, which couldn’t be more different than the smooth pavement found on highways.
I know. Mud tires look very cool. I wish I could use them all the time. Unfortunately, regular, old, boring tires are the ones we all should use for regular, old, boring drives.
A great option, while not very practical is to keep 2 complete sets of wheels and tires. Commuting tires, and your offroad tires. Throw the offroad tires on before the fun trip to an offroad park, beach, or state forest.
Then again mud tires would be great to fight the traffic… just jump through the grass to an access road. Okay maybe don’t do that! I’ve seen way too many people stuck over there, turning the hour commute into a 5-hour commute.
Are mud tires worth it?
Mud tires are a great investment – as long as you’re planning to go off-road plenty of times in the future. Otherwise, you’re going to get expensive tires that you’re not going to use; or worse, use them when you shouldn’t. You shouldn’t use mud tires for everyday stuff. The only time you should drive around using mud tires is when you plan to go off-road.
It is not worth spending a bunch of money to have a negative performance impact!
Simply put, there’s a time and a place for mud tires – and most of the time, you’ll be better off by using something other than mud tires. As I’ve said, if you’re planning to drive around in different places, all-terrain tires are the best.
Do mud tires get worse gas mileage?
Since mud tires require a great deal of energy to move around, you should expect to use more gas when driving around with them. Depending on your truck and tires, you may experience a slight difference or feel like you’re wasting gas. Different tires bring different results – and some results are better than others.
It may sound like I’m trash-talking mud tires throughout this article, but that’s far from my intention! Unfortunately, there are a lot of costs that come with mud tires.
They are noisy, somewhat fuel-inefficient, and have but one purpose.
That’s the thing: they’re perfect for that one purpose, off-roading.
And let’s face it: when you’re out driving on mud, sand, or similar, you’re bound to use more gas than usual because your truck will use more energy to move around.
With that being said, mud tires get worse gas mileage – if you use them for anything other than off-roading.
How long do mud tires last?
You probably have a good 20,000 to 40,000 miles before your mud tires start to wear out and you need to replace them.
While that’s 10,000 to 30,000 less than average tires, you need to remember mud tires are designed for rough surfaces – and that tends to wear out most tires no matter what.
Another important number is the price. Mud tires can cost up to $1000.00 each. For our purposes, mud tires will average between $250-$350.
It is possible to get cheaper mud tires, but all the options come with their own set of risks. Like buying used tires, or off-brand tires. The reasons why this comes at risk are probably obvious – buying used tires, you’re risking safety, buying new off-brand tires you’re compromising performance.
If you decide to continue with your mud tire purchase, the one thing ill recommend is buying extremely good quality mud tires like BFG, NITTO, Goodyear, Ect.
This is what I think: pull the trigger and purchase them if you have the money and want to off-road a few times per year.