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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

May 26, 2009

Tire Evaluation: Are you getting all the information you need before spec'ing your tires?

Perhaps only computers remain a more confusing purchasing decision than tires. The thought of comparing RAMS and ROMS and Gigs and HDs and DVDs and processors strikes fear into the hearts of all but the hardened geek

May 18, 2009

Severe Service Tires: Give 'Em Your Best Shot

It's a long way between a downtown back alley and an oil field, but as a tire sees the world, there are more similarities than differences. On-highway tires live the life of Riley compared to the severe-service tires

June 1, 2008

Grace Under Pressure

Under-inflated tires and improper tread patterns conspire to rob you of fuel economy.

May 1, 2008

It's A New Tire Bonanza

The number of truck tire announcements this spring was the most in recent memory. Most of these tires boast features such as improved fuel efficiency, longer life, better durability and retreadability.

March 1, 2008

Gators: An Image Problem

Many things can sway public perception of trucks. One frequent and dangerous occurrence is flying debris from failed tires.

February 1, 2008

Tire Report: On/Off highway Tires Severe Service Stresses

One of the toughest conditions imaginable for a truck is oil field work. These trucks haul salty water back to the same drilling sites, where it is pumped into the drill shaft to mix with chemicals for cleaning and to help the drill grind deeper into the ground.

January 1, 2008

Tips For Keeping Tires In Top Shape

What better way to start off a new year than making a resolution to better maintain the tires in your fleet?


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