As with most things, not all tires are created equal. While there are variants that provide a good bang for your buck, there are a few that may not be worth the upgrade. As a fleet manager, we strive to keep you up to date on new tire offerings available in the market. From ten-wheeler tires to semi truck tires, making the right purchase decision can be overwhelming. Thankfully, if you are currently in the market for the most fuel-efficient trailer tire set available, you don’t have to look any further than Michelin’s newest offering – the Michelin X One Line Energy T2 tire.
The Michelin X One Line Energy T2 is specially crafted for optimum fuel savings. It is equipped with a new tread design that helps reduce irregular wear as well as maintain a lower rolling resistance. This new tire is designed for dry-van truckload, refrigerated truckload, and tanker segments.
“The trailer-wheel position is a challenging position for long-haul tire design. The free-rolling wheel position is subject to variable loads, less maintenance, and irregular wear. Michelin is committed to investing in our X One technology. This new Michelin X One Line Energy T2 product delivers both improved tread wear while providing fuel and weight savings, lowering the total cost of ownership for fleets, especially during this economically challenging time in the trucking industry” explains Adam Murphy, vice president, B2B marketing, Michelin North America. “
Especially during this time of crisis, spending on tire upgrades is an expense that can be deemed unnecessary. However, regularly changing and upgrading the tires of a vehicle that clocks in thousands of miles per month is a non-negotiable.
Your drivers have to haul huge amounts of cargo through all types of weather conditions. After all, cargo still needs to arrive at a certain location regardless if it is snowing, or in the midst of monsoon season.
Worn tires lose their efficiency especially when roads are wet and slippery. Tires that need replacing can affect the vehicle’s handling and ability to brake quickly and efficiently. Any reduction in traction or braking ability can cause major problems for your driver and your operation as a whole.
It might sound backward, but did you know that spending on a new set of tires for your fleet can save you money in the long haul? Worn tires tend to lose air pressure more quickly. Without ample air pressure, your fuel efficiency will suffer. This means that for every mile you forgo replacing your fleet’s tires, you are wasting money on fuel.
Even the best quality tires wear out eventually. Especially for commercial trucks, the sheer distance that a vehicle travels can take a toll on its tires. With that said, thin, old tires are more likely to puncture. This, in turn, can result to roadside accidents that can not only affect your on-time delivery stats but also risk the safety of your vehicle and driver.
There is no over-stressing the importance of upgrading your fleet’s tires. Thankfully, with Michelin’s newest offering, the decision is made easier. Reach out to your STTC team today to learn more about the new Michelin X One Line Energy T2.