Bus routes can be short or long, while they still need to get the passengers to their end destination in a safe manner. They also have to do so regardless of weather conditions, so regardless if the roads are dry, wet or even filled with snow the buses should be able to safely and remain on schedule. The buses depending on if they drive in cities or more regional driving will have some different requirements. The city buses will have more frequent stops, be impacted by curbs and potholes to a higher degree than the regional buses that tend to frequent more motorways and rely on more long haul driving with wear resistance being key instead of impact durability.
Key withbus tires is that they can withstand the high load, have good low rolling resistance, so that you have low wear and good fuel efficiency. Low fuel consumption is good for the environment, as you will have low CO2 emissions. So make sure that you equip your bus fleet with tires that have long trouble free service life, with minimum unscheduled downtime that will impact the bus passengers and add costs to the operations. Check the tire condition so that the tires are free from cuts and cracks, then make sure that the tread depth is good so that you have good safety properties.
You will often different tires for drive and steer, while some tires have been designed to fit wheel on both positions. If you need good winter tires for your bus, as it will drive in areas that will have snow during the winter season the best option might be the Nokian Hakkapeliitta City Bus tires. These tires for example can be used both for steer or drive and have excellent winter grip. These tires are good for the winter and are winter approved and have the 3PMSF-symbol indicating that they have passed the stringent tests that are on winter tires. These will get you safely from stop to stop within cities even on snow and ice filled roads. They reinforced sidewalls to protect from curb or pothole impact to ensure that you will have less tire related problems. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta series is a well know winter tire brand of Nokian Tyres, which actually invented the winter tires for trucks back in 1930-ies.
Winter tires are especially designed to handle road conditions with snow and ice this is why in winter conditions the tire of choice would be a dedicated winter tire. Winter tires exist both as studded and non-studded tires, however the one thing that any winter tire has in common is that they are all marked with the “Three-peak mountain snowflake symbol” meaning they are officially approved for winter use.
There are many good quality winter tires on the market like the
Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8, this high-end tire has won test wins in motor magazines
around the world and is suited for drivers not wanting to compromise on winter
safety. It allows for firm grip under all winter conditions, along with
ultimate handling. These studded tires are a good example of a dedicated winter
tire that offer excellent grip on icy and snowy roads.
These tires make use of the new eco-stud cushion that are made
to reduce both road wear and noise. They have also added an additional 40% more
studs over the previous version of this tire. In addition, this version has
additional tread blocks to allow for even greater grip and the combination of
the anchor stud, flange design, and the Eco Stud cushion ensures superior grip
and soft stud contact on all driving surfaces. With dedicated winter tires you can rest
assured that no matter what the weather conditions are where you live your
Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 tires will be up for the challenge and you can count on
maximum performance at all times.
The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 are designed with the most cutting-edge
technologies such as “Brake boosters” which is an innovation that was developed
on the rear edges of the tread blocks on the edges of the tire in order to
provide additional safety in demanding weather. The brake booster is a part of
each tread block located on the shoulder area; with its saw-tooth pattern it
helps increase the tire’s contact with the driving surface. This along with
other innovations makes this tire one of the most advanced and safest tire on
the market for the Northern winters.
The winter tires out-perform any other tires in winter weather
conditions, and nothing outperforms studded winter tires especially on ice.
Providing the ultimate in traction, especially lateral traction.
Manufacturers are always coming up with new technologies to help deal with issues like hydroplaning. Technologies like polished lateral and inside grooves like in the Nokian eNTYRE 2.0 all-season tires allows the tire to store more water from between the tire and the road while accelerating its flow from the main grooves. Innovations like this improve their aquaplaning and slushplaning properties.
like the Nokian WR G3 tires are made of rubber compounds that are very similar
to the rubber compounds of winter tires.
It also features the snowflake mountain symbol. The Nokian WR G3 all-weather
tires also have polished main grooves like the Nokian eNTYRE 2.0 to effectively
clean snow, slush, and water off the tire to ensure that the tire grips the road thereby
protecting against both aquaplaning and slush planing. Hydroplaning does not
just pertain to water (Aquaplaning) but also to slush (Slush planing) which can
happen when the snow starts melting, leaving slush on the road. This is why
even in other seasons than the rainy season you can experience hydroplaning.
This is why most tire manufacturers add hydroplaning protective qualities in
their full tire line ups.
Most tires incorporate this 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. Keep cool, probably easier
said than done but it’s important to not panic and slam on the brakes. The best
thing to do if you start hydroplaning is to stay straight and decelerate to try
to regain the feel of the road and control of your car. To avoid hydroplaning,
look at the road ahead and avoid any large puddle and reduce your speed in
Using a new good quality tire with adequate tire pressure is
important as tread depth plays a role. This means that new tires are the best
weapon against hydroplaning. A tread pattern that channels water out from between
the tire and the road as with the “polished grooves” utilized both in the
Nokian eNTYRE and the Nokian WR G3, is the most effective way to prevent
hydroplaning. According to test results, hydroplaning starts at 47mph in worn
out tires versus the corresponding speed for new tires at 60 mph.
The main reason why all-weather tires outperform all-season tires is the fact that they are actually officially rated for use in winter conditions. They actually hold the “three peak mountain snowflake” symbol indicating that they meet the performance criteria in snow testing to be considered severe snow service rated. This is the same emblem used on winter tires. The main reason why all-weather tires outperform all-season tires in winter conditions is due to this rating. The all-weather tires are in fact a cross between an all-season tire and a winter tire.
There are several good all-weather
tires on the market. Tires like the market. The Nokian WR G3 all-weather tires
are a tire with excellent winter grip and handling with all-season durability. It
offers low rolling resistance, extreme wet performance with additional slush
and aquaplaning protection, excellent handling on snowy as well as dry surfaces
and of course holds the mountain snowflake symbol designating it for use in
severe winter conditions. It remains stable and easy to control even at high
speeds with reliable functionality for the varying weather conditions of North
The Nokian WR G3 SUV all-season tires are available for SUVs
with the same advantages as the Nokian WR G3 for passenger cars. The SUVs being
a heavier vehicle is even more dependent on good grip to allow for maximal traction
with all kinds of road conditions. It is equipped with the “Snow Claws” giving
it exceptional winter grip on snow and ice yet versatile enough to handle any
other road conditions.
The choice for all-weather tires or SUV
all-weather tires is a good one when living in an area requiring tires to
handle winter weather. Keeping in mind that nothing outperforms an actual
dedicated winter tire, studded or non-studded alike. Dedicated winter tires,
especially studded-winter tires have the ultimate grip and traction, especially
lateral traction. The main drawback with dedicated winter tires is of course
the need to change tires in the winter and the fact that studded tires can’t be
driven on bare roads, so they need to be taken off as soon as the snow melts.
The winter tires have a superior tread pattern as well as a softer rubber
compound, making them much better in handling both freezing temperatures and allowing
superior handling on ice and snow.
With fall here and winter approaching and if you reside in an area with severe winters then all-weather tires might be a good option. The all-weather tires hold the “three peak mountain snowflake” symbol, the same as on winter tires. This indicates that they meet the required performance criteria in snow testing to be considered severe snow service rated. This is because the all-weather tires are actually a hybrid between winter tires and all-season tires, making them an ideal all year round tires in areas with severe winters. This also allows for one set of tires without the need for change over thereby eliminating the need for storing a second set of tires.
all-weather tires are made of tread constituted of intermediate rubber compound
that offers excellent grip on all kinds of road conditions being as mentioned a
hybrid between the snow tires or winter
tires and all-season tires, making them
ideal for all seasons. This is why during the cold season when the roads are
icy, snowy and wet they work just as well as during the other seasons.
Eventhough all-weather tires are rated for severe winter weather use it needs
to be noted that nothing outperforms a studded winter tire on ice, especially
for lateral traction. Having said that not many areas in the United States, nor
days of the year require an actual studded tire.
the unique tread pattern with grooves effectively clean snow, slush and water
out of the tire to ensure excellent grip and reliable handling under all
conditions thereby protecting from hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can also occur
when the snow melts and there is slush on the road. This can assure
hydroplaning resistance both in heavy rain or melting ice and snow. This allows
to maintain proper contact with the road and provide the stability you need to
handle your vehicle safety and comfortably.
tires are the only tires that can be used all year round if the winters are
severe in your area. If the area you live in does not have severe winters then all- season tires can be considered
for all year round use. All-weather tires outperform all-season tires in the
winter as all-season tires are not recommended for severe winter weather. The
many new innovations in all-weather and all-season tires alike make them both
equally good to handle the other three seasons of the year. Most tires now a
day offer low rolling resistance to save fuel and thereby the environment
without forgoing safety and handling.
This metaphor that originated in the middle of the twentieth century has become an everyday idiom referring to a hectic and high-pressure life. It also suggests a more exciting life with exciting and sometimes dangerous activities. So, it might come as a surprise that the fast lane is actually the safest lane to drive in, with less accidents than the middle and far right lane. In fact, the lane with the most accidents is the far right lane, responsible for 40% of the accidents. The middle lane is responsible for 38% and the fast lane only 22% of car accidents.
No matter what lane you drive in it is important to equip your car with
good quality tires to avoid the risk of accidents due to inadequate tires.
Tires that are worn down can cause a blow out, or improperly inflated or worn
out tires will also be more subject to hydroplaning. This is the number one
reason for accidents in the summer. When shopping for tires you need to
consider where you live, what kind of driving you will be doing and what kind
of driving conditions you will be encountering.
Obviously if you have a high-performance car you would be looking for
high performance tires with the appropriate speed rating, a rating that
indicates the maximum safest speed the tire can be driven. It should be noted
that the speed rating is usually much higher than the legal speed limit however
that doesn’t mean that a higher speed rating is not advantageous as usually tires
with higher speed ratings also handle and corner better with superior traction.
If you have a hybrid or electrical car you would want a tire with low rolling
resistance to allow the car to go further between each charge allowing for a
smaller ecological footprint.
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 the fact of changing tires during the
year can be considered. The main reason
people consider changing tires is if you 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
tiresor studded tires they remain the best option for
superior grip and traction on snow and ice and especially lateral traction.
Proper tire selection becomes increasingly important, as the equipment become heavier and their productivity increases, you want a tire that can keep up. It of course puts a lot more pressure on the tires to perform under all circumstances. They tires will need to handle very high loads and be very durable so that they don’t cut or crack due to the loads or due to the rough terrain, where you will face a lot of sharp rocks or debris that easily can damage tires if they are not properly built and reinforced.
Not being able to work when it rains heavy due to that the equipment can’t work, as they can’t get sufficient grip on muddy hills is not an optimal scenario and one that can be avoided by the proper tire selection. Truck tires that will need to operate both on and off road will need tires that are properly designed for this purpose. The on and off road tires will need to be able to withstand rough terrain when off road as well as be able to manage mud and possibly snow. These are not easy conditions and ones that can cause a lot of problems and delays if you have made the wrong tire selection. You then need to combine this with excellent driving properties on highways in dry, wet and snowy conditions, with good grip and control. In addition you want the tires to have low wear properties and low fuel consumption through low rolling resistance. Driving comfort is always very important for long haul trucks, to ensure high comfort for the drivers.
This is a lot to squeeze into a tire. It is good to utilize the technical tire manual when you are doing your tire selection for your different machines. You will everything from loader tires to truck tires for a lot of different heavy industries. If you make a proper tire selection then you will ensure that you will have maximum problem free service life with minimum downtime. Proper scheduled tire maintenance is essential to make sure that the tires last as long as possible and to avoid any tire related accidents that can result in injuries. IN addition to tire maintenance, daily tire inspection is also recommended to check if the tires are free from any damage that can cause problems during the next shift.
The new Nokian Logger King LS-2 skidder tires are excellent even for the heaviest equipment. Skidders are used in full tree forestry to drag the trees through the forest and with the weight of a full tree and combined with the driving conditions in the forest, you will need some of the best forest tires to make sure that the surroundings don’t slow you down. You need excellent grip to ensure that the weather doesn’t impact your productivity in a negative matter.
Bad weather with heavy rain can turn steep hills into slurry of mud, making it almost impossible to drive successfully up the hill, but with the right tires this can be achieved. These logger tires have a new rubber compound to maximize the grip, durability and self-cleaning properties. They are loaded with rubber and steel to make sure that they are very durable and will not puncture or crack easily. Avoiding all unnecessary downtime has big impact on getting the job done on time.
These tires can get you up muddy steep hills even in heavy rains, so that you don’t have to wait for the rain to stop. Regardless if the surfaces are hard or soft and wet or dry, you need to make sure that your equipment can deliver. You should be able to continue working regardless of the weather. This is an amazing improvement versus if you have to wait out the rain and impacting also other people’s jobs, as they have to wait for you to drag the trees to the landing. If your skidder is waiting, as he can’t get up the hill, then you will have some backlog.
The truck that picks up the logs might also need to have proper on and off road tires, so that he can drive safely to the landing. They also need to be able to have good grip on mud and gravel and be cut and crack resistant. The combination to be good on both off and on road requires very good design so that you have a tire with good properties on all surfaces and temperatures. You want to have low rolling resistance so that the fuel consumption is low and that the wear of the tires is held at a minimum. You can even get them for winter conditions. The Nokian R-Truck series will solve all that for you.
When it comes to commercial tires for trucks, you might need to consider winter tires. The same as for cars, trucks will need winter tires to safely drive in winter conditions such as snow. So if you are driving through areas that could have snow and you want to make sure that the delivery will get there safely and on time. There might even be legal requirements dictating the use of winter tires if you have winter weather. Some tires are approved for winter use, but are made for all year round driving. This can be good if you drive only occasionally through areas that might include snow.
For the safety of the drivers and limiting the problems with the trucks, winter tires are preferred as they can provide the grip and control that you need when driving on snow and ice. Winter tires are better at providing grip even as the temperatures drop below freezing. When you are driving during the winter season, you actually don’t even need snow for the winter tires to be valuable.
Truck tires that have been approved for winter conditions will have the so-called 3PMSF (3-peak mountain snowflake) symbol on the sidewall of the tire. You have tires that are optimized just for winter conditions and should only be used during the winter season and then changed to summer tires for the time period where winter tires are no longer needed. This will provide you with the best performance and safety throughout the year. It may however not be the most convenient option depending on how your operations operates in terms of areas. It might be more convenient to go for an all-weather tire that can manage the full range of weather and don’t require seasonal changes.
If you add in both on and off road properties, you will need off road tires that are good also on the road. Off-road you might in addition to excellent grip, some very cut and crack resistant tires. This will make sure that sharp rocks or debris on rough surfaces does not damage them. They also need to have wide grooves to enable self-cleaning properties when you face mud, sand and even snow. You need to combine this with high driving comfort and low rolling resistance for good mileage and low wear.
This is the challenge that faces us often, how to make sure those external conditions doesn’t slow you down and impact the productivity of your operations. Some businesses are more critical when it comes to delays than other, but for productivity delays are never good. It will delay the project or decrease productivity and you might also be subject to fines. For delivery trucks, where people are dependent on the cargo or in building projects where a whole project can be delayed due to inability to perform if your equipment isn’t up to delivering results regardless of weather conditions or terrain.
Depending on the areas of the sites you work or the areas you drive you will experience different types of challenges and you will need to make sure that both your machines are up for the task and that you have tires that can get the job done regardless of the conditions. This is not an easy equation and proper selection is needed. Proper commercial tires can often be the difference between projects finishing on time or goods being delivered to its end destination in a timely matter.
In job site it is often down to grip and durability, to make sure that the tires can provide you with problem free service life with minimum downtime and unscheduled maintenance. For trucks, they need to have the correct truck tires that can work even in winter conditions if they need to. You might also be in the need for off road tires for your truck that can handle some the roughness of off road driving, while still have low wear and high driving comfort while driving on roads. This is not an easy combination, but since there is a need for it, you know it has been developed.
Your earthmoving equipment will need to have loader tires and excavator tires that can handle snow if necessary while still providing the grip and control that you need on the job site. Waiting until the snow melts is not an option and having bad grip with massive slipping, can make the work site unsafe and slow down the work rate substantially. They also have to still be cut and crack resistant so that you can avoid ending up with punctures and other tire problems.