If you have ever travelled on any road, this is a sound you probably are all too familiar with. It is the sound of your deflating tyre after getting punctured by a stone or nail.
Ever just taken your eye off the road for a second to change the radio and you experience a bump and subsequent difficulty in manoeuvring your car, only to remember you were supposed to avoid that pothole along your daily route? Now you are at the mechanic’s workshop and he is demanding some mouth gaping sum of money to help you replace your tyres, and even worse is the fact that you can’t call his bluff because you know next to nothing about tyres.
This is sadly the tale of the average Nigerian road user. Luckily for you, we have gone ahead to compile 7 rugged tyres that are suitable for the Nigerian roads so your car last longer. Check out!
1. Cooper Discoverer A/T3
The Cooper Discoverer A/T3 is one versatile tyre. It has a well thought out siping structure with lateral protection to help it get it rid of stones and reduces stone retention.
It is comfortable to drive with during wet and dry seasons with its thick grooves added to give it that performance it needs. It is can be driven on all terrains, so when next you find yourself driving through an untarred road, you need not worry about your tyres blowing out. Its pricy nature may be the only con this tyre possesses.
The Cooper Discoverer A/T3 is one versatile tyre
2. Michelin Defender
This tyre in addition to its eco-friendly orientation of being fuel-efficient, also boasts of extra longevity than a lot of tyres. It is suitable for family cars such as the commonly used Toyota Camry and Corolla brands.
The IntelliSipe™ technology feature introduced by Michelin is one that provides all-season- dry or wet- traction and allows drivers to save fuel without compromising on the longevity of the tyres. Its circumferential lateral grooves also help to prevent hydroplaning so you don’t have to be scared during the raining season. The carefully thought out and creative process is why the Michelin Defender is no brainer for our list.
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3. Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus
Constructed by the famous Pirelli company, the Scorpion All-terrain Plus is one that is just as rugged the Nigerian roads.
It has the unique feature of deep grooves, independent tread and conical stone the provide traction when on dirt roads, makes it puncture resistant to small rocks. This tyre is useful for your SUVs, pickup trucks and crossovers.
Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus
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4. Hankook Dynapro At-M
A creation of the seventh largest tyre making company in the world- Hankook Tire & Technology group- the Dynapro AT-M parades some features that make it worthy of getting a mention on our list. Its pattern and block structure allows it to surmount any road.
Its pattern and block structure allows it to surmount any road
Its rugged look is as a result of the wraparound tread which helps to prevent cuts and bruises and gives it excellent traction when in muddy conditions. It also possesses two high-strength steel belts reinforced with a nylon cap to help with strength and ride quality, stone ejectors and shoulder grooves that protect the tyre against stone drilling. The tyre is designed to thrive in almost all weather conditions and is useful for on-/off-road trips. See why it makes our list? Here’s a little trivia for you- the word “Hankook” means “Korea”. The name was changed to Hankook Tyre Manufacturing in 1968 from Chosun Tyre Company.
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5. Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2
Designed to handle any kind of road or weather condition, the Revo 2 is one tyre that is suitable for the typical Nigerian road.
The open shoulder design and semi-stealth tread block technology is designed to ensure that the tyre can cope well in wet conditions.
The dual tread layer ensures that the is durable, as well as, making its handling and cornering performance effective. Pickups, SUVs and Crossovers are the ideal cars for this type of tyre. Its need to be improved tread life is the major chink in this tyre’s perfection.
The Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 can survive wet condition
6. Bfgoodrich All Terrain T/A Ko2
According to Wikipedia, before it was sold to Michelin, BFGoodrich was the first American tyre manufacturer to start making radial tyres. That said, the T/A KO2 is made with a tear-resistant tread compound that makes it last longer. It also has its feature interlocking tread blocks, innovative siping and multiple loose object ejection that keeps the noise at an acceptable level and grants traction on the road.
This tyre is designed to drive in all weather conditions and has the capability of taking on-/off-road trip. So if you have a jeep, pickup truck or an SUV, this might just be the tyre that saves you some of your hard-earned naira. Surely, you didn’t think we were going to leave it out of our list?
The T/A KO2 is made with a tear-resistant tread compound
7. General Tire Grabber At 2
With its five-row tread to provide it with multiple traction and with its rubber silica tread produced using Duragen technology that protects it from cuts and tear, the General Tyre Grabber AT 2 is designed for optimum durability and longevity. This tyre for all its features still produces less noise, allowing you to enjoy your everyday drive. The common theme of criticism of this tyre is that it can be improved upon to be more sound efficient and before we forget, it is also fuel-efficient. Nevertheless, it adds to the list of tyres that are suitable for you SUVs and pickup trucks.
The General Tyre Grabber AT 2 is designed for optimum durability and longevity
We must clarify that our list is not an exhaustive and “fix-all” search to the best tyres suitable for Nigerian roads but we have tried to provide you with information about the tyres that will almost certainly get you value for your money.
Whether you drive a Corolla, a Camry or a Venza, these tyres go dey alright for you!
There is a saying in Nigeria that “What you are looking in Sokoto (a state/province) is within your Sokoto (trousers)”. Often times the solution we seek is often near us or in this case, just a click away. So next time your mechanic or vulcanizer demands that huge and ridiculous sum of money, you know where to go. As we say in the local parlance, DON’T DULL YOURSELF!!!!