Sticking with the same tire and tread design you’ve been using may no longer be the right decision.
In a recent blog posted on CCJ, Joe Puff, Vice President of Truck Technology and Maintenance at NationaLease, suggested that fleet maintenance managers should no longer regard tire purchases as rather simple transactions. Rather, he noted, with today’s constantly evolving truck technology, the traditional method of using historical data no longer makes sense since “by the time a full tire life cycle analysis can be completed, the tire compounds, designs, and performance of newer products have changed.
Puff offers a list of six important factors maintenance managers and purchasing agents should consider when evaluating which tires should be purchased. For greater details on this list, read the full blog on CCJ.
- Dealer and manufacturer relationship/selection: Forming a close relationship with these valuable resources will enable them to help you in your selection. They can work with you to develop repair rules, technician training, delivery turnaround time, and a host of other issues.
- Appetite for fuel economy: The price of the tire can be closely related to its fuel-efficient capability so a more expensive tile can save you on fuel at the back end. Decide what matters most to you when making the tire selection.
- Appetite for failures on the road: No one likes downtime, but for some fleets this can be critical. So higher priced tires may be a no-brainer. Remember, lower priced tires may wear more quickly which can lead to breakdowns and downtime.
- Ability for tires to be retread: The number of retreads and weight of retreads planned should be considered during the tire selection process. In addition, fleets should also consider recap ability of the casing and the warranty provided by the manufacturer.
- Vehicle life and mileage: Tires are expensive, so if you have an asset that’s going to be traded in the next 50,000 miles, don’t spend a lot on a tire replacement that may be needed. Instead, make sure that the tires on the vehicle will “meet the minimum trade terms for both the casing and trade depth.”
- Weight carrying capacity: Taking a tire off the rack without considering the axle weight rating and tire weight rating can lead to serious consequences. Instead, technicians and fleet managers should look on the side of the tire for the load rating.
For greater details on choosing the right tire to help avoid blowouts and other problems, read Joe Puff’s full blog.