With spring approaching it is time to consider changing your winter tires into all-season tires. In places like South Lake Tahoe the snow is starting to melt, and drivers are looking to equip their SUVs with SUV all-season tires. Many who are satisfied with their Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV winter tiresdecide to stay with the same manufacturer. Some decide on the Nokian zLine A/S SUV.
The Nokian zLine
A/S SUV tire is especially designed focusing on luxurious performance, handling
and safety. With cutting edge technologies like Aramid Sidewall technology it
assures protection against punctures as the strong aramid fibers strengthens
the sidewall rubber to withstand external impacts. It should be noted that this
is the same fibers used in the aerospace and defense industries.
wonder why those drivers didn’t just keep all-season tires all year around.
Well the truth is the all-season tires are actually only suitable for 3 seasons
(spring through fall) and not all-seasons, or 4 seasons as the name would have
you believe. They are not equipped to deal with winter road conditions like
dedicated winter tires. Smart drivers keep their winter tires until all the
snow has melted, as the winter tires assures better handling with the melting
snow thereby preventing hydroplaning from slush (slushplaning) which can become
a risk when the snow and ice melts. This is a very important feature as
hydroplaning or slush planing can be very serious and quite frightening. , Also,
with the heavier weight of SUVs and especially electric SUVs hydroplaning
protection is very important.
all-season tires are designed for all seasons other than winter, so this becomes
a natural choice as drivers replace our winter tires. SUV
all-weather tiresare also a wise choice. They arebasically a cross between all-season tires and winter tires. In
theory drivers could keep the all-weather tires all year long, however with the
amount of snow and ice in Lake Tahoe some drivers prefer not to take any
chances and insteadinvest in a dedicated winter tire. All-sesaon tires also
allow better handling on dry roads. All-season tires like the Nokian zLine A/S
SUV allow optimal performance specially designed for the heavier SUV vehicles
even when driving fast.
Winter tires are especially designed to handle road conditions with snow and ice. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 is designed to adapt to winter road conditions so you can drive with both safety and comfort. These non-studded tiresoffer excellent grip on icy and snowy roads.
of winter tires is that they have been tested and are officially approved for
winter use. They are marked with the “three-peak Mountain Snowflake Symbol”
signifying that it has been designed specifically for use in severe snow
conditions. With dedicated winter tires you can rest assured that no matter
what the weather conditions are where you live your Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
tires will be up for the challenge and you can count on maximum performance at
Hakkapeliitta R3 tires are designed with the most cutting edge technologies
such as “Biobased Cryo Crystal 3 grip particles” and “multi-faceted Snow Claws”.
These cryo crystal particles have been added to the rubber compound to improve
grip and this in combination with the multifaceted snow claws between the tread
block helps the overall grip on snow on ice both when accelerating and braking.
advantage of this non-studded tire is that there are no restrictions on its use
like with studded
means you can park in any garage which does not allow studded tires, you can keep
them on well into spring without causing damage to the roads. This allows you
to keep winter tires into the spring to
deal with the danger of hydroplaning due to slush (slushplaning) which is a
real risk with the melting of the snow and ice in the spring. The fact that
this tire does not have studs also give a quieter ride with less rolling
resistance which thereby assures better fuel economy.
the weather becomes warmer and the roads drier its highly recommended to change
into all-season tires, summer tires or all-weather tires. This is because the
winter tires are designed with softer rubber that remains soft even in extreme
cold to maintain good grip on the road. The warmer weather and dry pavement cause
the winter tread rubber to wear down quickly. So, when spring approaches it is
well advised to start looking around for new tires. Snow tires on your car are
like you wearing snow boots in the winter obviously you wouldn’t wear snow
boots to the beach but rather flip flops so the same should go for your car.
When hauling perishable goods, it is even more important that you don’t have big delays, as that can jeopardize your whole cargo from going bad. Delays are mainly caused by accidents, breakdowns or bad weather. When you have perishable goods that you are hauling, it is even more important to take the necessary steps to avoid or limit any risk of getting delays. One of the best methods is to ensure that you have some of the best long haul tires mounted on your truck.
Proper truck tires
can improve your safety while you drive, they can reduce your braking distance
to lower the risk of being in an accident. The longer braking distance you have
the more likely you are to crash into the vehicle in front of you, if something
sudden happens or the traffic in front of you comes to a sudden stop. Proper
tires will have better wear resistance, so that the tires will last longer and
be less susceptible to a flat tire. Tire failures is something you want to
avoid, as it can slow you down and force you to stop for repairs.
The tend to also have a lower rolling resistance,
so you even save fuel when doing the long hauls, cutting a lot of costs from
your fuel bills. Saving on fuel and putting less strain on the environment is
something that everyone should think about, especially long haul trucks, which
spend basically are on the road all the time. Even getting tires made from only
purified low aromatic oils in its production to even further lower the
environmental impact from using and wearing out tires.
Winter conditions can also be handled by having
the correct tyres for weather. This would need to be a tire that is approved
for winter conditions and would have a 3PMSF-symbol
indicating that it has been tested and approved for these conditions. It is not
safe to drive without these tires when you have snow, ice or freezing
temperatures. You will need these tires to have sufficient grip to drive and
short enough braking distance and drive safely.
When you work in forestry you need to be able to rely on your equipment. Forestry represents some of the harshest conditions, with heavy loads, rough terrain combined with some tricky weather conditions. The ability to be able to drive up hilly surroundings, despite rocks and mud, with heavy equipment requires some special tires. The tires will need to deliver superior grip while at the same time be protected from hard wear and tear.
Nokian Tyres is the global market leader when it
comes to forestry
tires. They have been supplying tires for forestry
since the 1960s. Being a Nordic tire company they supplied tires for the
forestry in the Nordics. The Nordic forestry use CTL cut to length method, so
the equipment include harvester and forwarders as well as tractor and truck
tires used within the forestry. Nokian Tyres also developed the first winter
tires back in the 1930s and has since been investing into research and
development of tires for both cars, trucks and heavy equipment. They continue
to test tires in real working conditions, everyday all around the globe in all
different conditions, to deliver tires that satisfy the needs of the customers.
With the experience from the harsh conditions in
the Nordics with different weather conditions and multiple test centers and
working closely with its customers to ensure that it satisfies the needs of its
customers and can improve the tires to tackle even the hardest challenges.
Slippery rocks and mud can be conditions that you will need to tackle, so that
you can continue working despite heavy rain, so the tires have to good traction
in all circumstances that you can and will encounter while doing forestry work.
In addition to harvester
tires and forwarder
tires, the also make tires for full tree method with
the same rigorous requirements that is needed for forestry in the Nordics and
still further developed to ensure that they fulfill the requirements needed for
being the best skidder tires. Nokian Tyres products are well known for their
extremely high quality that ensures a long service life due to its high
durability. Low rolling resistance is also a trademark leading to low fuel
consumption and being produced using only purified oils ensures lowest impact
on the environment. They are also designed for great driving comfort.
You will see both wheeled and tracked excavators around, there are some advantages and disadvantages between them, and the wheeled ones are more flexible. You might lose some depth when you dig as the wheels gives added height to the excavator, so the boom is higher above the ground, however the stabilizers that the wheeled excavators have give the added stability to the machine so that you actually have more power for lifting and digging power.
The main advantage of
the wheeled excavators is in that they are more flexible when it comes to
moving around. Both the better ability to maneuver as well as the higher speed,
can speed up job projects when you have a wheeled excavator. Wheeled excavators
don’t need to be transported between jobs if the distances are not that great, as
you can drive them on normal roads. Not having to use a trailer to transport
the excavator between jobs can save you costs and time.
With a wheeled excavator
you also have the flexibility to change tires depending on the working surface
or area. This will definitely give you an extra degree of freedom and ability
to always have the best grip. There are a lot of different excavator tires
to choose from. Check the technical
tire manual to assess which earthmoving
tires are the best for your excavator.
Excavators are mainly
used in earthmoving and road maintenance jobs, so you tend to see them all over
the place. Combining the best equipment with the best tires, tend to save you
money in the long run in terms of running and maintenance costs and your
productivity should increase. When you have a wheeled excavator it is important
to check the tires at the end of each workday, to see that the tires are ok and
that they are free from any cuts or cracks. You always want to detect problems
at an early stage, preferably during the scheduled maintenance. Having
unscheduled downtime due to equipment or tire failure can be vey costly and
dangerous. The tires have very high pressures and accidents can happen if you
don’t follow the safety guidelines. Breakdowns always cause delays and can
jeopardize your timelines to get the job done. If you have a lot of breakdowns,
you need to schedule more maintenance opportunities.
Trucks have a lot of tires, there tends to be either 16 or 18 truck tires, where most positions except the front are dual tires. For long haul trucks that basically spend all their time on the roads, you can imagine that there will be a lot of wear and it can be difficult to avoid tire related problems.
You will always need to have scheduled maintenance
where you will need to make sure that the tires are in good condition. You will
need to measure the tread depth and make sure that they have sufficient
remaining tread depth and estimate if the tires will last until the next
scheduled maintenance point of time. If not you should replace the tires. If
the tires are of high quality and the carcass is intact the tires can be retreaded
1-2 times. You can’t avoid the scheduled maintenance, but they should make you
avoid the unscheduled maintenance. The unscheduled maintenance will always add
more cost and cause delays and should be avoided. It is better to change parts
a bit early to avoid a breakdown along the road.
During the maintenance in addition to checking the
tread depth, the tire pressure of all tires should be checked. Most tire
failures on trucks, are due to low tire pressure. Low tire pressure will
increase the rolling resistance causing the truck to consume more fuel. The
tire wear will also increase, so they might not last until the next scheduled
maintenance time. If they are so close when it comes to tread depth, the tires
should be replaced already to avoid any breakdown before next scheduled
When the main aim becomes to improve the
productivity, the aim becomes to reduce delayed and breakdowns. Since you have
so many tires, it’s important to make sure that all are in good condition. So
proper tire maintenance becomes a high priority. Investing in high quality
tires with high durability becomes a natural choice, and then you recoup some
of the investment through retreading them. Retreading can be done if the tire
carcass is in good condition when the tread has worn out. You can retread a
tyre 1-2 times. With a high quality retreading
tires, you will have a perfectly new tyre with new
tread, so that you can continue to drive on your initial investment.
What are flotation tires you might wonder and what are they used for. Here we
will point out some of the differences, between these tires and their main use
traction tires are used to move vehicles forward or backwards and used to
translate the torque from the engine through the axel via wheels to the
surface. The tires will create traction to move the vehicle forward. Often
various tread designs are used depending on the surface.
tires are wide tires that are intended to float on the surface and have a wide
contact area and round shoulder area to disperse the load and to prevent the
vehicle from sinking through sand or lose soil.
tires are good at moving forward and having good lateral grip as they drive on
soft surfaces with minimum impact on the surface.
cases for flotation tires are when you have heavy equipment that needs to navigate through soft surfaces without
sinking and getting stuck and not damaging the surfaces.
tires educe soil compaction, which can be very important within farming as that
can have a negative impact on the yield.
industry for flotation tires are within agriculture, to both prevents sinking
through soft soil and sand and then to reduce the compaction of the soil.
need flotation tires both for your tractor as well as for your trailers. So
make sure you purchase agriculture trailer tires that are flotation.
tires are designed to also be used off field and will give you good driving
comfort and are able to carry heavy loads. The wide surface area is good at
distributing the weight over a large area for minimal surface impact.
Here are a few things you should do to ensure that your tires will last a long time, at least as long until they are worn out by its normal use. Here are a few things that are good to follow regardless if you have a car or an SUV and if you have summer tires or winter tires.
In any business this should be observed and if you deal with a lot of personnel and they are using heavy equipment there is an even bigger need to comply with this. Proper safety training and instructions should be in place; the safety procedures and the use of the best safety features should be a natural part of the business. Accidents and injured personnel can impact the business drastically. If personnel are injured, it is very tragic and has an emotional and demoralizing impact on the other personnel.
also a lot of hidden costs associated with not having proper safety procedure
or safety track record. They are increasing insurance costs, higher personnel
turnover and personnel costs due to sick days and absences. Underutilization of
vehicles tends to also happen. These are costs that should be avoided.
comes to equipment and safety equipment, then make sure that you evaluate their
safety when making the selection. The same comes to the tire selection, which
can be very important selection from a safety point of view, regardless if it
comes to selecting tires for semi-trailer truck or for a wheel backhoe loader.
When it comes to the heavy truck tires here you want to make sure that the
truck can haul load long distances safely. Here road safety such as grip, wear,
stability and durability are key factors. If you will drive in winter
conditions, the road safety and ensuring that you have tires that are approved
for winter weather is crucial for safety. Look for tires that are winter
select a backhoe tires, then you have other concerns, like
stability, durability and puncture and crack resistance. Blowouts with these
big tires and the high pressure can be a safety risk in itself. The fact that
the whole backhoe loader can tilt and cause damages and
safety concerns. Inflating the tires can be very dangerous and the tires should
be in a safety cage during the inflation. It is important that you know what
the tire pressure should be and what load you are able to carry with the tire
that you are using. Check the technical tire manual to ensure that you are
within the limits when it comes to inflation pressure and load weight and
follow all the other safety procedures when it comes to tires, the equipment
and within the working processes to keep the business running safely.
One might wonder what a flotation tire is, well a flotation tire is a tire that more or less floats on the surface due to large surface area that is in contact with the surface. This is thus perfect for soft surfaces and when you want to avoid too much soil compaction, which can reduce the yield. These tires prevent you from sinking into soft surfaces and risking getting stuck. As most surfaces you will encounter within agriculture fit into these conditions, this makes flotation a good choice at least when you don’t have winter conditions.
tire is designed to be very wide, but there is more focus on spreading the
surface area to as big area as possible. They are designed for minimum impact
on the surface on which they drive. This
is what makes them great for most farming applications, where there is a need
for both on and off-road driving.
farming work will need some great flotation tires, then you have the Nokian Country King tire, which is a great tire that
gives you all the benefits from a flotation tire, such as large contact area
and low rolling resistance. These tires work perfectly both on and off-road and
can carry very high loads. To be able to carry the heavy loads, they have been
steel belt reinforced, so that there is no problem to drive on rocky terrain,
soft terrain as well as on roads. The driving comfort is great regardless of
where you drive and with the low impact on the soil, it will improve your yield
compared to using normal tires. They are also easy to clean for good tire
maintenance, which ensures long lifetime of these very durable tires.
trailers will need to have flotation tires if that is the best tire for your
conditions. So both trailers and slurry tankers should be equipped with
flotation tires to ensure that they don’t get stuck or compact the soil too
much. Check the tire pressure for the different tires in the technical tire
manual to avoid excessive wear or increased pressure on the sidewalls. Tire
maintenance such as cleaning and visual inspection should be done daily at the
end of the workday. Tread depth can easily be monitored through the
Driving Safety Indicator DSI).