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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.