Heavy trucks will need premium quality haul tires if they are meant to go the distance. The bigger the truck, then more tires you will have and they need to be able to handle both the load and the distance. Good quality truck tires might require a bit higher investment, but they will most likely save you a lot of money in the long run. Premium tires have lower rolling resistance, which translates to lower tire wear and also lower fuel consumption. This means that you both have to replace your tires less often as well as you don’t have to fuel up as often. Both these factors will lead to cost savings over time.
When you have premium tires you can retread them once the tread wears out. This does require though that the carcass is still in good condition after the tire is worn out. A carcass can be used one or two times, which gives you a good quality tire for a fraction of the price and in a more environmental way. This can reduce your tire budget; even tough the initial investment is higher. So when you are purchasing new tires, make sure to select tires that are built to last and can handle long distances.
Make sure that you maintain the tires properly and that you schedule enough tire maintenance to ensure that you can inspect the tires as well as check the tire pressure. One of the biggest reasons for tire failure on big rigs is due to low tire pressure. It is often the trailers that cause the problems, as more people check the pressure on their own equipment more frequently. The low pressure damages the carcass so that you can’t use it later for retreading. Low tire pressure also increases the rolling resistance leading to higher fuel costs.
If you will drive during winter conditions, your truck might need winter approved truck tires with the 3PMSF-symbol. This symbol indicates that the winter commercial tires have been tested and approved for winter conditions. Some countries require that you have proper tires during the winter season. Safe driving is essential both for your drivers as well as making sure that they products can be delivered safely without any delays, regardless of the weather conditions.