Commercial winter tires are used both for buses and trucks that frequent the highways during wintertime. It is important to use winter tires during the winter season for safety reasons and any incidences will be expensive and will most likely cause delays. It might also be mandatory to use winter tires in some of the countries, so if you have to drive to any of those you will need to have it or then you will get fined if stopped and be in real problems if you are in an accident, due to insurance problems.
Tires that are produced for summer temperatures are not good
at wintertime, already when the temperature goes below freezing, the summer
tires will become hard. The mechanical traction that they have when they are
soft gets drastically reduced, as they turn hard. The tread on summer tires
don’t have the tread design that can create traction on snow and ice, where you
will need a completely different pattern to create the mechanical traction on
snow and ice. Summer tires can be very dangerous when you combine the low
temperatures and snow.
When you have truck tires or bus tires that are approved for winter conditions, you will have a completely different driving experience, as you will have tires that have great grip and control on these winter surfaces. This can save you a lot of problems when you are driving and experience winter conditions. Getting your cargo, if it is people as with buses or then parts or products as with truck shipping, you want to get them to the destination on time. Delays cause problems and can become costly due to compensations. The reliability of your service also depends on timely deliveries.
So make sure that your fleet has either tires that are
specially focused on the winter season or then tires that can be used for year
round driving and are winter approved for winter conditions. So when the
temperatures drop below freezing, the tires will behave like winter tires and
provide the safety needed. These tires will need to have sufficient grip and
traction to handle snow and ice. This should save you money due to fewer delays
and less penalties or compensations and should positively impact your business
When some of the trucks in your fleet will end up crossing country borders into countries that have winter tire regulations, it is important that you acknowledge these and comply. The Nordic countries e.g. have regulations that require all vehicles to have commercial winter tires mounted during the period when there are winter conditions on the roads. This means that you will need to have tires that have the 3PMSF-symbol on the sidewall of the tires.
Since you have non-studded tires for trucks, you can use
them when you cross into countries that have banned studded tires, like
Germany. The non-studded winter tires can be used in all countries and provide
for safe driving in all conditions both when you have winter conditions and
when you don’t. Nokian Tyres provide a wide range of commercial winter tires
and they were actually the inventor of the winter tires for trucks to ensure
safe transport of goods back in 1930-ies. That tradition has continued and just
as it was needed back then it is still needed. The tires have improved
drastically with constant introduction of new inventions making the tires better
and better. This is why the non-studded tires have improved to the degree that
they are basically on par with the studded tires.
Equipping your fleet with high quality tires will ensure
that you provide good safety for all your drivers as well as the trucks and the
goods that are being transported. Investing in good tires tend to generate
savings in terms of increased productivity, where there are less delays and
tire problems along the way. In addition good tires provide lower rolling
resistance, which leads to lower fuel costs. So for the long haul this can
generate big savings. Combine that with less downtime and keeping stricter
timetables enables higher productivity.
So regardless if you need regional truck tires or long haul tires, the choice should be the same, a high quality tire that in addition can be retreaded for additional environmental savings as well as drastically lower overall tire costs. A good carcass from a high quality tire can be retreaded one to two times. So buy taking the initial higher investment, you can make savings during a longer lifetime and provide winter as well as all year round safety.
If you use commercial winter tires, of
so-called all-season usage, they can delivery you safety throughout the year
and allow you to use only one set of tires for year round use. This will
improve your safety, while still only using one set of tires.
Good quality tires have the advantage that you can retread the carcass. Retreading can only be done as long as the carcass is in good condition and it can only be done once or twice. Retreaded tires that have been retreaded with top of the line tread is as good as a new tire, but it can drastically save you money as retreading can be done at a fraction of the cost of new tires. In addition you are reducing waste as you reuse the carcass.