When it comes to running your commercial trucking operations, anything you can do to save money and increase overall efficiency is critical. One of the largest single items for transportation companies is the replacement of tires, which costs businesses billions of dollars a year. However, there is one way that companies can significantly cut down on the cost of tire replacement: retreading.
Retreading tires is a great way for transportation companies to reduce their costs. American businesses save up to $2 billion each year by retreading their existing tires instead of buying new tires. This is an amazing number, especially considering that not every transportation company takes advantage of the opportunity to save money by retreading their old tires. While retreading is becoming more commonplace, more than 40% of all tires purchased by trucking companies are still new tires rather than retreads.
There are several advantages to retreading your tires. The most obvious is the economic savings—it is much more affordable to retread existing tires than it is to purchase new tires. Many people don’t retread their tires because they believe that they are lower-quality than new tires. However, new technologies pioneered by companies like Michelin and implemented by leading facilities like STTC provide long-lasting, dependable tire retreading.
Choosing retreads is also environmentally conscious. It takes 22 gallons of oil to produce one new truck tire. However, it only takes seven gallons of oil to retread a tire. This is because the majority of the oil is used in the production of the casing of the tire, which is reused when a tire is retreaded. When a trucking company retreads hundreds or thousands of tires, this can create a significant environmental impact.