A Prepper’s Guide to Tires

A Prepper’s Guide to Tires by Megan Stewart for The Survivalist Blog

If you’re not mechanically inclined, you may not give much thought to the importance of tires for your vehicle, other than keeping them properly inflated. If you’re a prepper, you should know the importance of maintaining your vehicle so it’s ready to go if a crisis happens.

Smart preppers keep their gas tank close to full at all times by filling up if they get down to half a tank instead of when the gauge hits empty. Other important maintenance tasks include regular oil changes, tune ups, stockpiling fuses and other consumable parts, and preventative maintenance checks so you can repair or replace worn out parts before they break unexpectedly.

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Types of Tires

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All of these things are important for keeping your vehicle in tip top shape. But when it comes to being able to bug out with short notice, even a perfectly otherwise maintained vehicle, won’t get you very far at all if the tires on your vehicle aren’t up to par.

Good quality tires factor into your ability to get the traction you need to drive in bad weather conditions, accelerate or brake on uneven or rough terrain, or manuever around debris and other obstacles in your path.

If you are bugging out or otherwise trying to get to safety with your family, all of these performance issues can be vital. So, in this article, we’re going to give you all the basics on how to choose the best tires for your bug out vehicle, whether it be a car, motorcyle, ATV, or something else.

Types of Tires

If you’ve never thought much about tires before now, the first thing to learn about is the types of tires. Believe it or not, there are a multitude of tire types out there, each designed for different priorities when it comes to performance.

To choose the right tires for your vehicle, you need to consider the possible conditions you might be up against and prioritize the kind of performance you need from your vehicle in different situations.

For Cars, Trucks, and SUVs


Low profile tires are smaller, and typically designed for smaller cars where fuel efficiency is a high priority. They work best on flat, even road conditions.

So while you may be able to manage on a dirt road or uneven terrain, handling won’t be as reliable, the ride will be much rougher, and tires may be more prone to damage. Low-profile tires might be great for your everyday commute if it’s mostly freeway, but probably aren’t the best choice for a BOV.

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