Trying to drive with truck tires that are not approved for winter conditions is associated with great danger. A winter approved tire should have the 3-peak mountain snowflake symbol, often just referred to as the 3PMSF symbol on the sidewall of the tire.
Get truck tires that can handle both hot and cold weather and are winter approved, so that you can travel through areas that have both types of weather conditions. Then you will remain safe regardless of the conditions.
All tires not only the commercial winter tires need to
have the correct tire pressure, to make sure that they take the same pressure
and rotate with the same speed. Mismatch
in tire pressure when you have dual tires is a fast way to wear out tires.
If you think of the distances that a truck drives to deliver products all over the globe using the extensive road networks, it is quite amazing. Ships do long shipping distances between continents. They deliver containers, which can then be put on trucks for further deliveries. Once picket up at a shipping container terminal and placed on the semi-truck trailer, for land-based deliveries. They often still need to cover vast distances to deliver the full containers to a distribution center, where the deliveries can be done with smaller transportations unless there are full container deliveries.
The tires that are needed for these trucks tend to be long haul tires that are designed for
constant driving with good wear resistance and low heat build-up. You will want
tires that have low rolling resistance, so that your fuel consumption
will be low. Other good ways to save costs is to retread the tires. Retreading
can be done on a high quality carcass that is in good condition. If you don’t
have a high quality tire to start with then you can retread them. You can save
a lot of money by paying to have them retreaded, which can be done 1 to 2
times, if the carcass is in good condition before retreading. Retreaded
tires have excellent properties if the new tread is of high quality.
This is an environmental and cost efficient way to save money.
Since deliveries are a combination of time and money, you
want to make sure that your deliveries are not delayed. If your deliveries are
delayed due to tire problems, you will lose money in both ends. Both in terms
of penalties of delayed deliveries as well as extra repair costs due to
unscheduled downtime. Proper tire maintenance is always of utter importance to
make sure that you don’t waste money on taking care of problems that might have
been able to prevent. Tire failures are often due to low tire pressure, which
damages the tires. Since you have so many tires on a truck, the drivers often
don’t notice the problems, which is why you often can find debris from broken
truck tires on main highways. Checking tire pressure on all 18 or more wheels
can be time consuming, but can save you money in the long run.
When dealing with material handling and containers at harbors and container terminals, you will need different wheeled equipment to handle the containers in intermodal freight transport. Here the containers will arrive or depart by container ships and the containers will be unloaded or loaded at the terminals. From the ships the containers can be loaded onto train carts or then to truck trailers.
You will have RTG cranes that can handle the containers and also lift the containers into the trailers. You will need high load bearing and precise handling of RTG tires, so that you can handle the weight of the containers and also be able to easily ground and stack containers. The RTG cranes are huge, so you can imagine that changing tires is a task that one doesn’t want to undertake too often. This put a lot of pressure on selecting a tire that has very low tire wear. These wheels also turn very easily reducing wear while the wheels are turned at no or low speed. High quality RTG tires will be needed to ensure high operating hours and low wear.
You will also have a straddle carrier where you might want
to use slick tires to ensure the machines and the containers from swinging. You
will need very sturdy tires that can manage the high loads bearing capacity.
You will need top class wear resistance and great grip even in damp or winter
conditions. Driving properties are also
key when you drive around the container terminal stacking containers.
You then also have a terminal tractor that can move around
the semi-trailers around the yard while waiting for the trucks to pick up the
containers. These terminal tractor tires will need to
be able to move around heavy weigh containers and will need to have exceptional
load bearing capacity. Maneuverability and precise driving response even in
small and narrow spaces are key features that these tires need to have.
When dealing with containers, some of them are on a tight
delivery schedule, so that you will need to make sure that your tire selection
doesn’t slow down your operations due to tire failures or unscheduled downtime.
Once the containers are placed on the semi-trailer trucks, they still have a
long way to go before they reach their final destination; so don’t delay them
at the terminal.
Tractors can be used for multiple applications. In agricultural applications tractor is the main piece of equipment with different trailers and other towed equipment. The main agricultural tires used here are flotation tires, as you want to ensure that the compaction of the soil is minimal, so that yield will remain high.
You also have forest tractors that are used in the forest
industry, where the forest tires will need to ensure that you have some heavy
sturdy tires for demanding tractor use. These tend to be steel belt reinforced
for improved puncture resistance. Grip,
durability and ability to handle the most challenging forest terrain. This is
quite different than the properties needed for the agricultural tires.
Then you have the terminal tractors used for material
handling at container terminals. Terminal tractor tires need to
provide excellent steering response and ability to carry very heavy loads. The
terminal tractors need to be able to maneuver in narrow spaces, so predictable
handling is important for terminal tractor tires.
Within earthmoving and road maintenance you also have
tractors, you will have tractors, which road maintenance and earthmoving tires need to be
extremely puncture resistance through a steel fortified structure. You will
also need to rely on superior grip.
So the use defines the tires in a higher degree than the
equipment on which the tire is used. Tractors can be used in various different
applications and based on what conditions and what tasks are at hand will
determine what properties that you will need from your tires. It is thus
advisable that you check the technical tire manual to properly select the
adequate tires for the correct application where you intend to use your
equipment. Sometime you might need a more versatile tire, but you still need to
ensure that it can handle the loads that you will need to lift or transport.
The tires also need to be durable so that they don’t cur or crack under the
pressure or that the puncture due to sharp objects that are part of the working
Durability is of utter importance to ensure that you can
avoid any unscheduled downtime due to tire related problems that can add a lot
of cost and inefficiencies to your operations. Make sure to invest in tires
that can get the job done without problems.
To increase the profitability in today’s agricultural industry, more and more farmers are adding contracting work to improve the efficiency and the best utilization of its equipment. The equipment is getting bigger, heavier and more expensive, to dilute the investment costs more and more farmers are trying to spread the costs over multiple operations. This is where the contracting comes into play. Contracting is very good for part of the year when there is less farming work to be done, so that the equipment can be used for alternative jobs. There is also contracting work done on other farms, which don’t always have the resources to invest in the new modern equipment.
The transporting between the sites often require more on
road driving, so you will need agricultural tires that have good
road properties when driving on roads and not just on the fields. You will want
good driving comfort, low tire wear and low rolling resistance so that your
fuel consumption will be at a low level. When you drive on the fields you will
want to have good quality flotation tires that will have a low soil compaction
impact on your fields. When the compaction is low, your yield will not be
negatively impacted so that you will have a higher yield versus doing the same
fieldwork without flotation tires. This does though
require that all the tractors and trailers will have flotation tires. The
surface area of flotation tires is much higher and the air pressure can be
lower. The lower surface pressure is what saves the soil from compacting.
Some of the best agricultural tires at the moment include
the new Nokian Country King, which is a sturdy and versatile flotation tire. You
also have the Nokian ELS Radial tire that good grip and mobility on soft
surfaces. This is a perfect tractor or trailer tire even on soft surfaces. The flotation tires, as the
name indicates, almost float on the surface due to the low surface pressure.
You need tires that have a problem free service life, that
are extremely durable and have the low rolling resistance. The Nokian ELS
Radial tires even allow for fast driving on roads so that you quickly can get
to any contracting sites. These tires are also self-cleaning, so that even
driving through muddy conditions doesn’t clog up your tires and reduce your
When choosing tires it is important to consider what kind of driving and what kind of conditions you will be encountering. There is also the need to consider whether you are in the market for one set of tires to be used year-round or if changing tires during the year can be considered. The main reason people consider changing tires is if they live in an area with severe winters where winter tires are the best option. Winter tires are by far the best choice if you live in an area with severe winter weather. Whether you choose non-studded tires or studded tires, winter tires remain the best option for superior grip and traction on snow and ice.
Some other things to consider when buying tires are what kind of driving
you will be doing, what kind of car you drive, what kind of weather conditions you
will be driving in and, last but not least, your budget. Obviously, if you have
a high-performance car you should look into some high-quality tires with
appropriate speed rating, an indicator of the maximum safest speed the tire can
be driven. Usually this speed rating is way above the legal speed limit, but
that is not to say a higher speed rating is not necessary. Usually tires with a
higher speed rating have greater levels of handling and cornering grip,
something that obviously makes the car handle better.
There is also the question of whether to get all-season tires,
all-weather tires or dedicated winter tires. And if that decision wasn’t
complicated enough, there is also the choice between studded or non-studded winter tires. Generally,
where you live will dictate what kind of tires you will need because if you
live in an area with severe winters and do not want to change tires into winter
tires in the winter, your only other option would be all-weather tires. The
reason for this is that all-weather tires are marked with the three-peak mountain
snowflake symbol, like winter tires, which indicates they have met the required
performance criteria in snow testing and are thereby considered severe snow
service-rated. On the other hand, if you reside in an area with no real winter
season you are able to invest in all-season
tires for year-round use.
Hydroplaning happens when a layer of water or slush builds up between the tires and the road surface. This is very dangerous, as it creates a loss of traction and can lead to a loss of control of the vehicle. Hydroplaning can be a danger in every season, as even in the winter months there can be slush on the road that can lead to hydroplaning or slushplaning. Manufacturers are always coming up with new technologies to help deal with issues like hydroplaning.
Most tires incorporate anti-hydroplaning
technology, but even with a good tire you can’t completely eliminate the risk. This
is why it’s important to know what to do when your car starts hydroplaning. First,
keep cool. That’s probably easier said than done, but it’s important to not
panic or slam on the brakes. The best thing to do if you start hydroplaning is
to keep the car straight and decelerate to try to regain the feel of the road
and control of your car. Try to avoid hydroplaning by looking ahead and avoid
any large puddle. Also, reduce your speed in rainy conditions.
The Nokian eNTYRE 2.0, an
all-season tire, is an example of a high-quality tire that has incorporated
many new innovations to create a high-performing tire with improved
hydroplaning protection. Technologies like polished lateral and inside grooves allow
them to store more water between the tire and the road and accelerate the flow
from the main grooves. This leads to increased water displacement, improving
the tire’s hydroplaning properties. Another important safety tip to avoid
hydroplaning is to keep the tires properly inflated and to rotate and replace
tires when necessary. Adequate tire pressure is important, and tread depth
plays a role. Hydroplaning does not just pertain to water (aquaplaning); you
can also hydroplane with slush (slushplaning). Slushplaning occurs when snow
starts melting and leaves slush on the road.
All-weather tires like the Nokian WR G3 also take advantage of polished
main grooves to effectively clean snow, slush and water off the tire to ensure that
the tire grips the road and protects against aquaplaning and slushplaning. All-weather
tires are made of rubber compounds that are very similar to the rubber
compounds of winter tires.
There are some differences between hybrid or electric cars compared to traditional cars that need to be considered when buying tires. Electric and hybrid cars have battery packs that make them heavier than traditional cars that run on gasoline. This means that grip is even more important to allow proper braking. During the summer months grip and traction remain important, as in summer rains the risk of hydroplaning increases and becomes a major cause of accidents. All-season tires provide excellent grip on both wet and dry summer roads.
When investing in new tires for your hybrid or electric car, it is
important to take into account the difference between them and a traditional
car. There are many good all-season tires on the market today, such as the
Nokian eNTYRE 2.0 – a premium all-season tire that has excellent grip to ensure
proper braking and comes recommended for hybrid or electric cars. The Nokian eNTYRE
2.0 also offers new technology that creates the ultimate driving experience
while remaining an environmentally friendly tire.
The Nokian eNTYRE 2.0 is an all-season
tire that incorporates many new technologies to allow for excellent wet grip,
smooth and quiet driving and long tread life with the advantage of year-round
use. The Nokian eNTYRE 2.0 all-season tires are designed
with new technologies like the new high modulus tread compound, Silent Sidewall
technology and polished grooves while remaining environmentally friendly due to
their low rolling resistance. The new modulus tread compound and comfort base
compound help deliver a smooth and sporty ride, thanks to a new silica and
rubber compound that has an expanding molecular structure that strengthens the
stiffness of the tread pattern, allowing for excellent handling – especially
around corners. Another advantage: This special compound works along a wide
The polished grooves provide ultra-high-performance handling on dry roads, while new innovations have improved its anti-hydroplaning properties so summer rains will not be of much concern. Keep in mind that summer driving requires a high-quality tire with a minimum of 4 millimeters of tread and properly inflated tires to avoid the risk of hydroplaning. The Nokian eNTYRE 2.0 all-season tire is an excellent choice for ultimate performance throughout the seasons.
Within forestry regardless of which method you use in felling the trees, you will need to carry the logs to a paper or pulp mill and that is done by a logger truck. Ones the trees are at the landing, a truck will carry the logs to its final destination. Since the roads are not always proper roads down to the landing, these truck tires need to be able to handle both on and off road conditions, so you will need an off and on road tire.
The truck tires will also sometimes need to cover winter
conditions, as you might still have snow covered roads during the early spring.
This is why these tires have to have capacity to work both on and off the road
and in winter conditions if needed. You will not find much better tires for
your trucks than the Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck E tires. They are approved for
winter conditions so that you can get to your destination safely.
It is not only the logging truck that will face challenges. The
logger tires such as the Nokian
Logger King LS-2, which is a skidder tire for extreme conditions that is built
to carry the heavy loads, while providing long trouble free service life. In the forest you will face more challenges
than just some muddy or snowy roads, you will find a lot of obstacles that will
make it challenging to get back and forth to the landing with the logs that
needs to be dragged through the forest. You will need to have excellent grip
regardless of slippery stones and moss covered steep hills. You might need to
put chains or tracks on the tires to make sure that you get the best possible
grip through these conditions, but the Nokian Logger King LS-2 is ready for
that. This even comes in an extreme version for the biggest and heaviest
machinery used in the hardest conditions.
When you choose tires from the Nokian Tyre range of forest
tires, then you are selecting among the worlds best forest tires. Nokian Tyres
is the global market leader when it comes to tires for the forest industry both
for cut-to-length or full-tree harvesting. Make sure you check what tires are
offered in the technical tire manual.