Today, up to 90 percent of truck fleets numbering 100 or more use retread tires. This is because trucking companies have tested these tires for quality and know they are a low-cost alternative. In short, they can help the bottom line!
Unfortunately, a few myths are circulating about these tires. Check out three debunked tire myths.
1. All Retreaded Tires Are Made Equal
Not true. A retreaded tire has three elements: its casing, tread, and process. Retreaders conduct a careful examination of a quality case. Some of the factors taken into consideration include the age of the tire, history of repairs, and mileage. If there’s an issue with any of these factors, the casing is rejected. So, tires with retread still have some life.
2. Retreaded Tires Are Not Fuel Efficient
Tire treads made for retreading are thinner, giving them a built-in advantage. Not so. A new tire has a deep tread that allows more movement and less rolling resistance. This reduces fuel efficiency. Alternatively, a tire with a thin tread has more rolling resistance making it more fuel-efficient.
3. Retreaded Tires Are for Everyone
Not true. The quality of the original tire has a significant influence on whether it’s suitable for retreading. A low-cost original tire is likely to be substandard and not worth retreading. Monitoring the condition of the tires in a fleet takes time and effort. Though larger trucking companies may maintain a monitoring program, some small companies cannot. Consequently, some small trucking companies report that investing in retreaded tires is not worth it.
The Underinflation Issue
This is not one of those tire myths. Underinflation is the leading cause of breakdowns. This is true whether a tire is new or a retread. Truck drivers who don’t appropriately check tires’ pressure won’t know whether the tires need inflation. Thumping the tires is not a good test! Monitoring tire pressure is an easy way to contribute to a tire’s overall longevity.