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Selecting Tires for Long-Haul Trucking: Tips & More

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Selecting Tires for Long-Haul Trucking

When you’re gearing up your long-haul or regional trucks, think beyond the dollars and cents. Optimize your commercial tire selection for the specific challenges your trucks face on their routes. We’re not just talking about tires; we’re talking about a performance upgrade for your fleet.


We get it, in the world of fleets, the budget battles are real, and commercial tires often take center stage in the expense drama. Now, let’s turbocharge your tire game! It’s not just about the price tag; it’s about picking the tire that aligns with your fleet’s unique journey. Picture this: the right tire isn’t just rubber on the road; it’s the catalyst for extended tire life, a financial boon, and a fuel efficiency maestro.


Here are some expert tips to purchase commercial tires that fit your trucks most effectively. 


How Is the Truck Driven? 

In the dynamic world of commercial tires, not all treads tread the same path. Picture this: some trucks maneuver regional-haul routes, navigating bustling cityscapes within a 300-mile radius from their home base, while others embark on epic long-haul journeys, clocking in a staggering 100,000 miles per year on the expansive open road.


Regional-haul tires, crafted for the urban jungle, boast reinforced sidewalls engineered to endure unforgiving encounters with curbs and potholes, along with specialized compounds that defy the wear and tear of constant start-and-stop traffic. On the flip side, long-haul tires are the epitome of highway prowess, meticulously engineered for stellar performance and optimized fuel efficiency, ensuring smooth sailing on the endless stretches of asphalt.


But here’s the rub: misfitting the tire to the task spells premature wear and tear, necessitating untimely replacements that could dent your bottom line. Choosing the right tire for the right application isn’t just a matter of rubber and tread; it’s a strategic move towards enhancing performance, longevity, and ultimately, your profit margins.


How Much Weight in the Truck? 

Tires that cannot handle the weight in the truck often blowout prematurely. When the tires can’t handle the weight of the load in the truck, braking, steering, and tires are impacted. Use the correct weight-rated commercial tires for your loads to avoid accidents caused by overweight trucks. 


Does the Tire Have a Warranty? 

Warranties are added insurance against tire defects. A good warranty will cover about 7 years and 3 retreads, so you can feel confident about getting the most use out of your tire assets. Some manufacturers’ warranties give you much more protection than the industry standards. Checking the warranty can help you choose better tires for your fleet. 


Plan for Tire Maintenance and Retreading 

Buying good tires is only part of the equation when it comes to tire life. Instead of buying used tires to save money, make tire maintenance routine in your fleet. Ask drivers to check tire pressure before each route and look for tire defects. Schedule regular tire rotations. Take tires out of circulation before a blowout so the tire casing can be retread. Use tire asset tracking software to stay on top of all truck tires in your fleet. 


Select Better Tires with STTC Tire Experts 

STTC has a huge selection of tires for all types of applications. Our staff is committed to customer service, so we can help you find the most effective commercial tires for each truck in your fleet. Ask us about our retreading services and how it can save money and resources. Take a tour of our facility to understand the process and how we ensure each tire meets all safety standards. We have solutions for all your tire problems. 


Give us a call now at 610-954-8473 or contact us online to discuss commercial tires for your fleet. Our experts can help you make the best choices to help you save money and improve performance. 

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