In trucking operations, one of the most critical purchases is often taken for granted – the type of commercial truck tires to install. Truck tires are not all the same and making the right choice can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars per truck, while just buying the same brand or model of tire or making the wrong choice can cost you that much – or more.
With so many options in commercial truck tires to choose from, how do you know which is right? Have your on-the-road needs, routes, driving conditions or loads changed since the last set of tires you purchased? The experts at STTC are always here to help you decide, but in the meantime, here are some pointers.
5 Tips for Buying The Right Commercial Truck Tires For Your Needs
1- Choose based on route and driving application.
Tires are designed to operate with specific applications in mind. There are specific tread designs, rubber compounds, and tire construction for long haul routes, regional routes, urban settings, and on/off road needs. If a tire is being used in the wrong application it will not perform as you may need and can possibly prematurely wear. For example, if tires designed for long haul are used in an urban setting the tread will prematurely scrub off.
2- Check the weight rating.
This might seem obvious, but don’t overlook it. Make sure your tires have a weight rating compatible with your truck and load.
3- Get a warranty.
Whenever possible, make sure the tires you get are backed by warranties. That’s extra insurance against manufacturer defects and helps guarantee you get plenty of years of usage out of your new truck tire purchase. Most major brands guarantee 7 years and 3 retreads.
4- Sometimes a retread is the right answer.
If your current tires are only showing some signs of wear and the casings are in good shape, you might not need new tires at all. Modern tire retreading is safe, effective, and has an extremely favorable ROI. You can get a retread for less than half what a new tire costs while restoring your current tires. !
5- Never buy used except in true emergencies.
The cost/benefit ratio on used tires just isn’t there. You don’t know how the tire was utilized by the previous owner or under what conditions they were ran.. They could even fail at critical moments, leaving you stranded. If there’s been a blowout and there’s no choice but to buy used, do what you have to do – but swap them out for new or retreaded as soon as possible.
STTC Is Your Choice for The Best in Commercial Truck Tires
With a huge selection of tires, top-tier retreading services, and a staff dedicated to customer service, we can find the perfect tires for your needs. Come visit us to learn more!