Fleet managers know all too well that tires are often one of their biggest expenses. Working with a trusted tire dealer can help fleets manage costs by obtaining quality products and services that are readily available—sometimes over several years (depending on the application)—and helping fleets choose the right tires and services for their specific needs. We
There are many tire management and service options available to fleets; we will go through just a few of these options with the advice of the major tire makers. Some of the most beneficial service options available to fleets come from tire dealers and their trained technicians, notes Bridgestone. The dealers use the right equipment
Tires have always been one of the top three costs for fleet operations. Good maintenance practices are being tested as fleets work to avoid CSA citations.
Every tire tells a story—a saga of the hundreds upon thousands of miles of rubber laid down on highways and byways. Once a tire comes out of service, it’s important to listen to what that tire has to say. Every pinhole of air pressure loss is an anecdote, every instance of premature tread wear a
“SmartWay verification is becoming an increasingly important designation for retreads as more fleets realize that the use of fuel-efficient retreads can help them control their costs more effectively,” says Brian Buckham, general manager of product marketing for Goodyear Commercial Tire. “By leveraging new tire compounding technology and tread designs, we can continue to make strides
As part of this month’s feature on tire management, several tire industry experts weighed in on the topic of retreading. “This may sound funny coming from a new tire manufacturer that doesn’t offer a retread solution in North America, but retreading is imperative to lower the fleet cost of operation,” said Rick Phillips, Yokohama vice
Taking care of tires is a fleet manager’s top priority. It’s where the rubber meets the road; the costs hit the bottom line. From tire benchmarking to data analysis to management action, crafting a complete tire management program for your tires can be the difference between profitability and dealing with costly tire headaches. “An effective
“The more you see them, the fewer problems you’ll experience,” says Walt Weller, vice president of sales at Double Coin Tire, the exclusive distributor of Double Coin products in North America. “One of the most expensive issues for fleets is road service for tires, and much of the time those are preventable problems.” Double Coin,
A case could be made for the statement, “the best tires are only as good as their air pressure.” If the correct tire air pressure is not maintained, tires will fail prematurely. According to Gary Schroeder, director of commercial vehicle and OEM sales for Cooper Tire, “Everyone will agree that the No.1 tip for longer
Bridgestone Commercial, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, unveiled an all new line of Dayton commercial truck tires. The new line consists of eight new Dayton patterns that doubles the product coverage of the former lineup to meet the diverse needs of small fleets and owner operators in a multitude of trucking segments, according
Regardless of the retread you select, the process rests on the quality of the tire casing. It takes a quality casing to produce a quality retread. Every aspect of the new tire building process impacts casing quality, including the tire building process, grade of materials selected, engineering modeling, tire design and the tire’s dimensional specifications.
Like most segments of the heavy-duty trucking industry, the fuel efficiency trend is rolling through tire retreads. While the conversation used to revolve around miles to removal, today’s talks are skewing toward fuel efficiency and total cost of ownership (TCO). “For most fleets, fuel costs represent the single highest non-payroll operating expense. So fewer stops