Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Conduct Real-Life Tests Before Committing to New Tires

Dart Transit truck Dart Transit makes it a point to test tires before buying, a company representative says. (David B./Flickr)

Improvements to truck tire technology in recent years have created a collection of products that man­ufacturers often tout as their most ­advanced, longest-wearing and most fuel-efficient tires ever. But many motor carriers choose to analyze those factory-­tested claims in their own real-life settings before committing to adding the products to their entire fleet.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
April 26, 2019
Business, Equipment

Goodyear Says Range of New Steer Tire Endurance LHS Is Up 25% Over Previous Model

The actual Goodyear Endurance LHS that ran 212,490 miles (left) is shown with a new Endurance LHS. The actual Goodyear Endurance LHS that ran 212,490 miles (left) is shown with a new Endurance LHS. (Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.)

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. said its recently introduced steer tire addresses concerns fleets expressed with an earlier model designed for the same application.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
January 30, 2019

American Tire Files for Bankruptcy to Cut Debt by $1.1 Billion

Tire Chart

American Tire Distributors Inc., buffeted by the defection of two big manufacturers, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware after reaching a deal with most of its bondholders to reduce its debt by about $1.1 billion.

Josh Saul and Eliza RonaldsHannon | Bloomberg News
October 4, 2018
Business, Equipment, Safety

Tire Safety Starts With the Pre-Trip Inspection

An officer performs a roadside inspection An officer performs a roadside inspection. (DOT Readiness Group)

Ensuring that thorough tire inspections are part of every pre-trip checklist can extend tire life and help ensure that truck drivers make it to their destinations safely, tire experts said.

John Baxter | Special to Transport Topics
August 8, 2018
Business, Equipment

The Low-Rolling-Resistance Trade-Off

Worker with depth gauge As a fuel-efficient tread wears down, the benefit comes from the casing, which must be properly utilized, industry experts say. (Ryder)

The technology behind low-rolling-resistance tires is based on the benefit of reducing the resistance that’s caused by tires rolling on the surface of a roadway. Reducing this resistance means that the truck requires less energy and fuel, and as a result, runs more efficiently, industry experts said.

Jim Romeo | Special to Transport Topics
July 20, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

British Columbia Truckers Gain Expanded Use of Wide-Base Single Tires

A technician inspects a wide-base tire. A technician installs a wide-base tire. (TT File Photo)

British Columbia has amended its regulations to allow fleets to use certain wide-base single tires with heavier axle loads, which furthers tire-harmonization efforts across Canada and revises a long-standing provincial policy that restricted the tire’s use.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
July 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Top 50

Heavy Hitters Face Off in Online Tire Market

Tires (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

This spring, a struggle for market share in online tire retailing turned into a battle for dominance as giants Goodyear and Bridgestone paired off against Amazon and Sears.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
May 25, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Meritor Tire Inflation System Available on Vanguard, CIMC Trailers

Meritor Inc. John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Meritor Inc. announced its tire inflation system with ThermALERT is a standard/preferred option on Vanguard dry van and CIMC refrigerated trailers.

Transport Topics
May 18, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Tire Technology Offers Cost Savings, Reduced Maintenance for Fleets, Industry Reps Say

Tires Arkansas inspection ArDOT

Technology is rapidly evolving and continuously emerging across many facets of the trucking industry, and tires are no exception. Tire manufacturers report that the connectivity and digital capabilities they provide offer improved efficiencies, cost savings and reduced maintenance for their fleet customers.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
April 9, 2018
Business, Equipment, Fuel

Eco Flaps, RealWheels, IMI Join to Market MPG Smart Pack

SmartPack Bren Marshell, Eco Flaps (left); Bob Fogal, IMI Products; Jan Polka, RealWheels Corp. ( Eco Flaps)

Three marketers of truck wheel accessories that reduce fuel consumption and vehicle wear and tear have joined to offer their products in a package called the MPG Smart Pack.

Transport Topics
March 30, 2018