Truck tires are some of the most used tires on the planet. Trucks have a lot of tires, normally 18-20 tires on each truck and they tend to drive almost constantly. So tire wear is significantly even when you use the most durable wear resistant tires, however these outperform any cheaper tire and you will be able to have more operating hours and less downtime with high quality tires. When it comes to commercial tires the tire costs tend to be small in comparison of what damage tire failures can cause as well as a lot of downtime, where you can’t utilize expensive equipment. So selecting a cheaper tire will never be worth it.
You need a reliable truck tires
that you know can perform regardless of what conditions that you will face,
without delays or problems. Customers rely on you to deliver their goods safely
and on time. Failure to deliver on time might incur penalties and it can even
ruin the goods if they are perishable. Depending on where your drive, you might
even need winter tires for your truck, tires that can handle snow and ice.
Without winter tires it is not safe to drive and you should not attempt it.
Attempting to drive without winter tires will surely increase the risk of
accidents and delays. It might also be illegal to drive without winter tires,
depending on where you drive, e.g. Sweden introduced last year a law that makes
it mandatory with winter tires for all heavy equipment driving on public roads
between 1st of November until 31st of March, something
that has already been introduced in Norway and Finland.
Durability tends to be key for haul
tires, as you don’t want to have tire related problems
during your drives. With durable tires, your tire maintenance should be
sufficient to ensure that the tires will last and will not wear out during
transport. You will have different tires depending on the position, where you
will have steer tires, drive axle tires and then trailer tires. It is important
to have good tires on all position to ensure that you have good control while
you drive and take turns. Low rolling resistance of tires can save you a lot of
money on fuel as well as retreading
tires, where a premium tire carcass can be retreaded
1-2 times to reduce both costs and environmental impact.
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.