Modern rigs have gotten bigger and heavier and more pressure has come on getting goods delivered safely and on time. The last two words are important and have become increasingly important. This puts more pressure on the truck but also on the tires and ensuring a proper truck tire selection process and tire maintenance to ensure that the truck can be operational with minimum downtime. This not only true for the big delivery trucks, but any type of large truck and even buses that operate within cities or between cities.
From a safety and delivering on time, you will need to have truck and bus tires that can operate regardless of weather. If you don’t have tires that can operate in winter conditions and you end up driving through winter weather, you will not be safe and most likely you will suffer substantial delays if the goods even reach point B. Some countries will even demand that you have winter-approved tires on your truck. This means tires that will have the 3MPSF-symbol on the tire’s sidewall. This means that you can drive safely through any winter conditions and will have good grip on snow and ice. Weather will no longer be a problem causing you delays or safety concerns, so that you can get your goods delivered on time without delays and in a safe matter.
Safety is of course even more important for buses that drive with numerous passengers. Accidents with a full bus can cause catastrophic outcomes, so make sure that you are prepared even if the legislation doesn’t require it, but you expect to encounter winter conditions. There are tires available that can operate in both winter and summer conditions. So if you choose dedicated winter commercial tires or all-season truck tires, the safety aspects should be considered.
To make sure that the tires can manage the long haul, you will need to have proper tire maintenance in plan, so that you can early detect any problems related to the tires. Checking the tires tread depth and tires pressure is very key items and should be done on a regular basis. Tires will lose a significant part of its properties when you go below the recommended tread depth level. This will impact braking distance, grip and the possibility to prevent aquaplaning. The tire pressure is important to check as most tire failures on trucks are due to low tire pressure, causing the tire to rotate faster and eventually tear up. Even if the tires are not fully destroyed the sidewalls usually get damaged, so that the tire has to be discarded.
If you purchased good quality tires from the get go, you can often have them retreaded after the original tread has worn out. This requires that the carcass is in good condition. Retreaded tires provide a good cost savings, while at the same time reducing waste.