Few Steps Towards Improved Tire Economy

Since your truck tires will wear out over time, you will need to replace them as the tread wears out. With often 18-tires per semi-trailer truck, a whole fleet of trucks will have a lot of tires to replacements every year.

Having proper haul tires mounted on your truck and the correct tires for the correct position will reduce wear. There are specific tires for the steer position and for the drive position and then separate tires for the trailer.

Tire pressure is also a factor that can impact tire wear, having under-inflated tires tends to be the biggest contributor of excessive wear on heavy truck tires. Most of the blowouts of tires are attributed to low tire pressure; it is also the biggest reason why trucks get stranded on the side of the road.

Investing in proper high quality tires reduces the wear and will give your fleet more mileage out of the tires and less down- and tire servicing time. Higher quality tires tend to have less rolling resistance, which reduces wear and lowers fuel consumption.

Tire maintenance should still be done regularly to ensure that the tires are in good condition and that the tire pressure is in the correct level. Perform visual inspection, where you look for any damages to the tire and the sidewall. Measuring the tread depth to ensure that it is above the legal limit should also be done.

Retreading of tires is built on the principal that the once the tread is worn out, you can use the intact casing and add new tread to it.

Good quality retreading adds new tread with high safety and performance without jeopardizing stability or grip.

Retreaded tires are a fraction of purchasing new tires and can improve your fleets tire economy significantly.

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Long Haul Buses And Trucks Need Special Tires

Most trucks that are moving on our roads are semi-trailer trucks, they can carry heavy loads and can be loaded by containers from ships and then be driven across the continent for deliveries. With the containerization a lot of pressure has been put on quick deliveries by land with semi-trailer trucks. To distribute the high weight they tend to have 2 axels on the trailer and 3 on the tractor unit that pulls it. The steering axel has single wheels and the 2 drive axels of the tractor unit tend to have dual wheels and the same goes with the 2 axels on the trailer.

So when it comes to the amount of tires on a semi-trailer truck you tend to have 18 wheels with tires. You will have different tires for the steering axel position and for the drive axel position versus the trailer tires. There are some differences in the properties needed so make sure that you select the correct tire for the intended position. You will have 2 steer tires, 8 drive tires and 8 trailer tires on an 18-wheeler semi-trailer truck. So getting a full set of truck tires can get quite costly, but you don’t want to skimp on quality as that can impact your safety. Retreading tyre can be an option, if they are of good quality and the tire carcass is in good shape.

Buses have similar situation, there are a lot of tires, often with dual wheels in the back and can have one or two axels, so the bus will have either 2 axels or 3 axels. Bus tires don’t have the different tires for the different positions the same way that trucks have and they usually have bus as part of the tire name. They do though differentiate if it is city bus or a long haul bus, where city buses are more durable for pavement impacts on the sidewall and the long haul are more durable for long haul driving, where haul tires are the right choice.

For both buses and trucks there will is a need to have proper winter tires if you plan to drive in areas where there will be winter conditions. You should have 3PMSF symbol on the sidewall if they are approved for winter conditions. Some countries demand that you have this if you will drive through them, others should but they might no have that yet.

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Going The Extra Distance

When you have goods that you need to haul for a long distances, it is important that you have good tires that will get you all the way, regardless of what weather you might meet along the way.

Haul tires tend need to be designed for that extra mile as the cost of not getting to your destination can be high. Depending where you drive and through what conditions, you might need tires that are designed for winter use. If you will cross any areas that have winter weather, you will need tires that are approved for winter conditions.

If a tire is approved for winter conditions, it will have the 3MPSFsymbol on the sidewall. If your tires don’t have that symbol you should avoid driving in winter conditions, you should even avoid driving in low temperatures as the tires might become brittle and crack under heavy pressure. Grip and control during winter conditions is very important to ensure that the drivers and the goods being transported reach the final destination safely. The tread is different for handling snow, ice and slush. You need this special design to have the control you need, so make sure that you have tires according to the conditions for safe long haul driving.

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