Given how much money it costs over the course of a year to keep a commercial vehicle’s tires in working order, any driver or fleet operator is going to want to minimize those costs. Unfortunately, there’s one mistake we frequently see where people think they’re saving money, but they’re actually causing themselves more problems: Driving on mismatched or unevenly-worn commercial truck tires.
Often, this comes from having to replace one or more tires early -such as due to blowout- and deciding the remaining tires are “good enough” to keep driving on.
While that might be true in the short term, like finishing a particular long-haul, it’s actually much better for your commercial truck tires to keep them as closely-matched as possible.
When the tread depth of a tire decreases, that means the overall size of the tire itself decreases as well. The potential difference in size between a brand-new tire and one of the same models that has been worn down is often an inch or more. This can cause several issues.
Mismatched tire wear or tread depth can cause significant damage to your vehicles. Contact your local STTC for more information on protecting your commercial truck tires.