Can you be more specific as to how your sprite method didn't have the desired look?
I could see issues if you are using a single sprite and want parallel lines that follow a curve.
If the tracks didn't appear at the right place or they looked like dashes you could try this, add image points at the places you want the tracks to appear from the vehicle. Spawn circles that overlap each other from each image point.
If you go with that method keep an eye on your performance, things get get out of hand quickly.