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April 19, 2010

Sourcing the Right Tire Repair Partner

If you're going to have trouble on the road, chances are a tire is at the root of your grief. Tires remain the single most common reason for roadside service calls, no matter who you talk t

March 12, 2010

Tracking Tire Performance

If you were serious about getting the best odds on a pro basketball bet, you'd research the heck out of the starting lineups, and know in advance that Kobe Bryant's sprained ankle doesn't seem to be much of a liabilit

March 12, 2010

Tracking Tire Performance

If you were serious about getting the best odds on a pro basketball bet, you'd research the heck out of the starting lineups, and know in advance that Kobe Bryant's sprained ankle doesn't seem to be much of a liabilit

February 16, 2010

Tire Report: Tire 'Myth'-perceptions

Prominent Canadian journalist Allan Fotheringham offered the following bit of advice to aspiring journalists: "If your mother tells you her age, check it out." But the advantages of a little skepticism aren't limited to journalist

January 6, 2010

Mismatched Duals

Running two tires of different circumference, diameter, or tread depth in a dual assembly is a sure-fire way to kill two tires for the price of one

December 17, 2009

What's Killing Your Tires?

Tires are under constant attack, from the normal dynamic forces acting on the tread rubber, to a barrage of scrubbing and scraping actions caused by misaligned axles, unbalanced rotation, loose wheel bearings, and more

December 3, 2009

Mistaken Identity: Do Light Loads Really Cause Excessive Tire Wear?

Empty miles can chew up more than your balance sheet. Running empty one way may be good for fuel consumption, but it's hell on tires

November 6, 2009

Turn Rubber into Gold: Tire Management

Here's a quick quiz: What's your tire cost per mile? How many miles per 32nd do you get out of a steer or drive tire? How many miles do you expect from a steer tire

October 2, 2009

Get Drivers Involved in Tire Maintenance

Trying to get drivers actively involved in tire maintenance programs is like pushing rope uphill. If you're lucky, the good ones will kick or thump the tires during a pre-tri

September 15, 2009

Streetwise Tires: Avoiding Urban Damage

Unlike their relatively pampered long-haul cousins that run all day long on flat, straight Interstates, tires that earn their keep on city streets get up close and very personal with all manner of road hazards, including curbs, potholes, piercing grave

August 26, 2009

Steering Clear of Trouble: Get Ready for Heavier Axles

While recruiting and compliance departments grapple with the potential implications of weight-based sleep-apnea testing for drivers, operations and maintenance personnel should be aware that trucks are getting heavier, to

August 10, 2009

Tire Report: Telematics and Tire Pressure Monitoring

You don't need me to tell you that maintaining correct tire inflation pressure across a fleet of trucks and trailers is a challenge of biblical proportion

June 10, 2009

Top Five Tire Killers

Nobody questions that tires will wear out. But what might be considered reasonable in terms of service life varies considerably from application to application, from truck to truck, and from tire to tire

June 10, 2009

A Question of Balance

Do we really need to balance our tires? Predictably, and depending who you ask, the answers are yes. Or no. Improvements in manufacturing processes guarantee a much better tire comes from the factory today than even a decade ago

June 10, 2009

Ticking Time Bomb? NOT!

Two major television news reports within the last year cast a shadow over aging passenger-car and light-truck tires. Fatal accidents allegedly resulting from age-related tire degradatio

June 8, 2009

Miles Ahead for Pennies a Day: Automatic Tire Inflation Systems

Meet your new handy-dandy tire filler-upper. We're not talking about a knuckle-dragger named Earl, here, with eyes that gaze off in two different directions and a plug of tobacco in his cheek big enough to choke a horse

June 8, 2009

Retreads: Play 'Em Again, Sam

Despite their manifest advantages, retreaded tires continue to struggle with an image problem. It's widely assumed - wrongly - that much of the tire debris seen lying at roadside are the remains of a retreaded tire

June 8, 2009

What's New In Tires

Round and black. That's about the extent of the similarities between today's marvels of engineering and yesteryear's truck tires. I think I'm safe saying we probably take our tires for granted. When they're doing well

June 3, 2009

Playing by the Numbers: Spec'ing Tires For Fuel Economy

Sooner or later the economy will heat up again and so will demand for fuel - and prices for it. So it's still wise to buy the most fuel-efficient vehicles and operate them wisely

May 26, 2009

Airing on the Side of Safety

How much force would it take to hurl a 16-pound bowling ball three-quarters of a mile? About the same amount of potential energy packed into an 11-by-22-inch truck tire inflated to 100 psi, says the Tire Industry Association


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