I would like to get new tires for my truck before the snow flies. I know how important good tires are and the difference they make. When I was younger I raced gocarts and was into sport bikes for many years. Good tires are important, regardless of the vehicle.
I've been fortunate to have a truck, basically since I got my license which was many years ago. ☺️
I have always tried to get good tires for my trucks. Not necessarily big tires, or showey tires but good quality ones. Tires that gripped the road well and also didn't wear out in 10,000km.
Where we lived in northern Ontario prior to moving to NS, we had a long driveway which wasn't paved. There was a fairly big hill and winters were long, they lasted 5 months. I had a plow on my truck and cleaned our driveway as well as the driveways of our neighbours. Good tires are especially important in the snow.
The truck I have now still has stock tires on it. (stock tires come with a new car/truck). These are ok but typically not the greatest quality tires.
I learned many years ago that Canadian tire sold a tire that handled good on the road, great in the snow and didn't wear out quickly. They also went on sale every few months for 25% off! They were made by Goodyear but were branded Motomaster. Eventually they became the Goodyear Wrangler Territory and now are called the Wrangler DuraTrac. They are a great all terrain mud and snow tire. They are fairly quiet for how aggressive the tread is. They ride very nice and if you rotate your tires like they recommend they will last a long time. A lot longer than if you don't rotate them... trust me.
The stock tires on my F150 are 265/70R17. The 265 is the tread width in mm. The 70 is the side wall height in percentage and the 17 is the size of the rim in inches. 🙈 Wow inches and mm together. How can that be allowed!
The tires I am hoping to get are LT285/75R18. This is a slightly wider tire, only 20mm so 3/4 of an inch. However the tire is several inches taller due to the 75% being more than the original 70%. Also the 75% is based on the larger 285 tire. Plus... I'm going with 18" rims hopefully. The rims I was looking at are plain steel ones. I don't need fancy wheels and can't afford them anyways... especially with the cost of tires nowadays. There are other important specs that you need to consider. The sidewall ply of the tire. This is how durable (thick) the sidewall is. Also the speed rating of the tire as well as the load rating.
These new tires have a speed rating of Q where my current ones have a T speed rating. The T is rated for 190km/h where the Q rated is for 160km/h. Q is fine for me. The sidewall of the new tires is much more durable than the current tires and the load rating (which is related to the ply of the tire) is much higher as well. My current tires have a load index of 115 which corresponds to 2,679 pounds whereas the new ones are 129. That's close to 4,000 pounds. Wowzers I can carry a lot of hay bales or dog food or firewood with that!