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.
There are several instances where you have to drive your truck through some harsh conditions before you start hauling the items on the highways. This can e.g. be in forestry where you need to get to the landing and pass through some rough terrain in getting there or within some mining or earthmoving sites where you need to pass through and over sharp rocks and stones. I addition to this you will need to be prepared for the different weather conditions that avail.
are optimized for either being used on the road like haul tires or then
off-road where you have different requirements. In the similar way the same
goes for the weather, either they are designed for winter weather or then
summer weather. To find tires that are able to handle this span is not easy and
so far I have only found one tire that can handle the whole span beautifully.
This is the Nokian R-Truck tire. It is like made for this.
approved for winter conditions and has the 3PMSF symbol on the sidewall, which means
that it is approved for winter conditions and is able to handle ice, snow and
slush safely. However this tire is made for being used all year around, so it
handles just as well on hot tarmac roads as when you haul down summer highways.
It is designed as perfect haul tires with low heat build up and low tyre wears
combined with excellent off road driving properties.
is wide open to allow it to handle rough terrain where it is very durable and
can handle the rough terrain that you will have in forestry and earthmoving
work sites. So you will not get stuck in mud or snow and you will not risk your
tires getting punctured by debris at the site. So this is your ideal tire that
can manage through the whole range of challenging conditions while still
handling perfectly as a haul
tire. Heavy truck tires that can handle this range of
conditions, temperatures and still working as a solid high performance tire
will not be easy to find somewhere else. That is when I found this tire I was
very happy that now my heavy trucks have less downtime while driving the timber
from the landing.
For your truck, you need to remember to also equip the trailer with proper trailer tires. Trailer tires have unique properties and they are designated for being on trailer axle position and have a marking on the tire sidewall with a ST marking.
you select tires for your truck you have basically 3 different type of tire
positions, being steer axle position, drive axle position and trailer tires.
When you select the trailer tires, they should have the ST marking and should
be designed for trailer use. They will have stronger less flexible sidewalls to
ensure that they track straighter. The tire tread tends to be shallower to
reduce any sway and ensures less heat build-up which ensures a longer tire
tires take a higher load so often the steel reinforcement cords used are of a
larger diameter to handle the extra load that the tires need to handle. So make
sure that you don’t put just any tire on the trailer. Check the tires technical manual to ensure that you select
the correct tire with the right diameter for the load that you intend to carry.
Also make sure that the tire pressure is followed, to guarantee that you don’t
have extra high tire wear caused by high rolling resistance in under-inflated
tires. Too low tire pressure will also cause the fuel costs to increase which
can quickly be expensive on a large truck with high load.
you plan to drive your truck in winter weathers, you need tires that are
designed for winter conditions. They should be marked with an alpine symbol (3PMSF) on the sidewall to
indicate that they have been approved for winter conditions. You should have
winter tires also on the trailer, to ensure good grip on all tires for a safe
and stable drive.
Haul tires are built to last for the
long distance. They are able to carry high loads over long distances with
minimum heat build-up and low tire wear. Haul tires can be retreaded for better
tire economy, where at a fraction of the cost you can retread the tire casing
with new tread, as long as the sidewalls haven’t been damaged. A good
environmental and economic decision.