Thinking of taking your SUV or Pickup truck through the woods? You won't get far without the right kind of tires. Off Road tires were specifically designed for one thing and one thing only. That thing is off road driving. Yes they made a tire specifically for driving in the dirt.
But dirt isn't the only thing you will encounter while driving off road. There are many other things that aren't so soft for instance rocks, bigger rocks, jagged rocks, and sharp pointy sticks. These things can punch through normal tires with ease but off road tires are thicker, and stronger. They also have a deeper wider tread configuration to give the best traction, and to get you over objects.
This is good because a lot of times you will run into mud. Yes mud, essentially dirt that's completely soaked with water. Depending on the depth of the mud field your car or truck may get stuck even with off road tires. Manufacturers try to make their tires able to cross anything but if it's too deep it can't be helped.
The urge to undertake off road driving is a simple one to understand. Ever since the automobile was invented we humans have had a particular bond with our vehicles. We want to take our giant hulks of steel and plastic wherever we go. It's just something we do because we can.
The main appeal of off road driving is that there are no stop signs and the terrain is uneven. Now most city folk would wonder why you would want to drive like this. The answer is simple; the terrain is rough and untamed. Driving on paved surfaces can get boring after a while and some of us want something more challenging. Sure it's dangerous but that's the fun of it.
Even professional auto racing has adopted off road driving. Many sports have popped up around the idea of off road driving and host weekly races on dirt road courses. Some sports even host a marathon race through treacherous areas like the desserts in Mexico. These marathons tend to be even more dangerous than usual do to the distance, and extreme heat. Usually during these off road marathons they have pit stops at regular intervals throughout the course so drivers can stop and get fresh water. They also have medical personnel on station at every stop in case the driver needs medical treatment.
One of the main differences in off road racing and normal racing is that there are two in an off road race car, and one in a normal race car. The second person sits in the passenger seat and serves as a navigator. Since the off road racer isn't driving in a circle he needs to focus more on driving with the navigator telling him where and how severe the turns are.
In closing Off Road tires are required for off road driving of any kind. The desire to go off road is a strong one. Many drivers' professional and amateur alike feel the calling to do so. It is dangerous but it is exciting, just remember to be careful.