Good truck tyres are an investment

Up to 5000 litres of fuel can be saved per year
Forwarding companies that have a responsible purchasing policy know that buying tyres is an investment. After all, they affect 4 to5% of the company's total operating costs. Although branded tyres at the time of purchase are more expensive, they turn out to be more profitable throughout the entire period of operation than tyres of the middle class, budget, and especially the so-called exotic brands. Tyres from renowned manufacturers have the most technological solutions that provide the final product with features that are of great importance to carriers – fuel economy, durability, safety or the possibility of extending the life of tyres by deepening and retreading. Yes, "live" – because the best premium truck tyres can be deepened and retreaded, thanks to which they have up to four lives during their service life.

Remember that in road transport, 30% of fuel is used to overcome rolling resistance. The use of tyres with reduced rolling resistance in trucks allows to save more than 2 liters of fuel per 100 km, i.e. an average of almost 5,000 liters per year[1]. In addition, with proper maintenance of such tyres, you can ride on them up to 600-800 thousand km – successively deepening the tread, retreading and deepening after retreading.

In transport, what counts is profitability and reliability of deliveries, this also applies to tyres. Although tyres in the transport industry generate about 3-5% of costs, they affect up to 45% of the company's operating costs, such as fuel, suspension service, spare parts costs, as well as contractual penalties for delivery delays. That is why the quality of tyres and their service is of such importance – both for business, as well as for the safety of drivers and the sets themselves and transported goods – points out Piotr Sarnecki, general director of the Polish Tyre Industry Association (PZPO).

So how do you choose the right tyres? How to extend their service life? Branded tyres – premium class – use all the best technologies that are available in a given tyre concern to offer the best possible performance in many parameters. In the tyres of the middle class brands, these technological solutions will be less, and their performance will be at a good level only in a few parameters – at the expense of others. The cheapest budget tyres use only basic technologies, so they will not havesuch qualities as short braking distance, durability or energy efficiency. There are also tyres of the class below the budget, the so-called exotic brands, whose only advantage is the low price. However, they often do not have even basic qualitative repeatability, they are poorer by some layers, which makes them wear out much faster, and their carcasses are much weaker.

It is not possible to produce a durable carcass and energy-saving tread from cheap raw materials and cheap production methods. There can be no question of safe retreading of such tyres – rye is only suitable for disposal, and in the end they generate more costs for companies than branded tyres – adds Piotr Sarnecki.

Only premium truck tyres have a strong enough carcass to be subjected to continuous reeling – the process of applying a new tread layer in place of the worn tread. This way of extending the mileage of the tyre is responsible from the point of view of the costs of running a transport business and sustainable development, and in a direct way translates into savings for therecipients.

– Retreading is not the only solution that is profitable from the point of view of fleet companies. An activity as simple and routine as taking care of the right level of tyre pressure helps shrink zufuel life of up to 0.3 l per 100 km and ensure uniform tread abrasion in all Tyre. At Several Sets in the company it brings measurable financial benefits. In addition, to prevent faster wear of the vehicle's suspension components, you should also remember about the balance of the wheels – stresses Sarnecki.

[1] With an average mileage of 240,000 km and consumption of 30 L/100 km

Source: Polish Tyre Industry Association