I recently hopped into a shiny new rental car. In short order, I pulled to the side of the road after deciding that I was being distracted trying to locate the controls to perform basic functions such as turning on headlights, de-froster, radio, and map lights.
Making effective tire choices for fuel efficiency, relates Curtis Decker, national manager, field engineering at Continental Tire North America, Commercial Group, means fleet managers have to first consider the true environment in which their vehicles operate.
Part of the effort of this column and publication is to keep up onthe issues facing light- and medium-duty fleets and report on solutionsfor Fleet Equipment readers.
As it introduced the newest addition to its product line during the National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show in early March, Workhorse Custom Chassis emphasized a firm focus on what it sees as a growing market for walk-in trucks.
Light-duty trucks, generally considered all-purpose vehicles, are classified at up to 10,000 lbs. GVW, but for the purpose of this column, we’ll extend the term to cover Class 3 and 4 offerings.
In case you haven’t noticed, truck tires with new sidewall names are starting to appear where only well known brands have tread (couldn’t resist that pun) until recently.
It’s been a long time coming and, in the opinion of most tire industry engineers, long past due. Bias ply truck tires are becoming relics of a past age.