Commercial tires for various applications

Even with commercial tires, the use cases might vary a lot. You might use it on city buses or regional or long distance buses, where you will need different properties to make the tires optimal. Or then you might use them for trucks, where you might do regional or long distance driving and might need on and off road requirements or even use for timber transport. Then you can even throw different weather into the mix and add winter requirements and you get yet another dimension. Making the correct selection is though very important, both from the safety perspective and then from the cost perspective, where you have numerous factors impacting it, tire wear, fuel consumption, service life and total cost of ownership.

For the tire selection it is very important that you match the tires that best fits the requirements that you have for the application. A city bus will not perform as well it if has long haul truck tires, as the use is different. A city bus will need bus tires that have been designed for city use.  Where lower speeds are the norm, reinforced tire sidewalls is essential as you will need to stop next to curbs continuously and durability is desirable as you want to ensure that the passengers can get to their destination without delays. If you have snow conditions, then for the safety of the passengers, winter tires are needed.  

It is similar situation with the truck tires, where you will need to make sure that the match is optimal. A wrong selection can quickly become costly and can cause added service costs, delays, higher fuel bills and expensive tire replacements. Accidents and delays can also impact the reputation of the service that can further hurt the profitability of any operation.

For truck there are also different tires depending on the position on the truck, where you have different tires for the steering position, than for the drive axle position.  So it is important to take this into consideration when selecting the tires. The trailer will then in addition have a separate selection of tires. If you do need to have tires that are winter approved it is important that all the tires on all positions are winter approved tires. Only using winter tires on some positions are not good enough and not sufficient from a legal point of view if winter tires are mandatory.

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