What Does H/T Mean for Tires?by Jay Motes
The codes on the sides of tires are unfamiliar to most car and truck owners, but knowing what the codes mean is important to choosing the proper tires. The H/T on tires stands for highway/terrain.
H/T Tire Uses
An H/T tire is designed for vehicles that are driven primarily on highways, but that will also be used at times off road. Trucks and SUVs most commonly use H/T tires.
H/T tires allow a driver to use the same tires for everyday highway driving as well as off-road driving. The tread of H/T tires provides a relatively quiet and smooth ride on paved surfaces while still having a rough enough tread to provide traction in dirt, mud, snow and other off-road surfaces.
H/T tires are a compromise between the performance of highway tires and terrain tires. This means that the H/T tires will not perform as well on pavement as highway tires or as well as terrain tires for off-road purposes.
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