Trucks need tyres for various reasons, such as to provide the correct amount of grip and traction, distribute weight and carry cargo. Truck tyres are designed with these factors in mind and their performance is rated by an alphanumeric system:
Different types of truck tyres are designed for specific functions:
- For city use, there are low-profile tyres that provide very good grip but tend to be very stiff, which means they don’t absorb any bumps or deformations on the road.
- For off-road use, there are mud tyres that have deep blocks to prevent clogging with dirt and stones. They tend to be very soft, which means they deform easily when driving over rocks, roots, or boulders. The result is extra grip but less speed because the tyre needs much more energy to deform.
- For towing, there are trailer tyres that have a specific tread pattern designed for good grip on wet roads and enough durability to pull a heavy load.
Truck tyres should be replaced when they reach their end of life or have been damaged to prevent them from causing an accident. In the event that you need to choose new tyres for your truck, you should choose the correct load index and speed index or consult with a Mobile Truck Tyre Repair to get tyres that meet your needs.
There are many different types of truck tyres, and choosing the right one for your needs can be tricky. Find out what factors you need to consider and how to choose the correct tyre for your truck.
When choosing a set of tyres, you need to know what type of load and terrain you will be driving on and over what sort of distance. Then you need to find a supplier who offers an appropriate tyre from a brand you trust.
If you have any questions about the suitability of your tyres, ask a supplier for its advice and recommendations before making a purchase.
There are several factors that can affect the life-expectancy and suitability of your tyre:
- Load capacity
- Volume/size of tyre
Choosing a set of tyres is not an exact science. If you drive on the roads often, you might need a more high-performance tyre with a longer tread life that handles well in wet conditions. These tyres use special chemistry and construction to provide excellent grip and handling and to prevent damage and wear due to heavy loads and frequent starts and stops.
If you work in a rural area, you can get away with tyres that put less emphasis on grip and wet-weather performance. These tyres tend to be tougher and more durable for long journeys while also having low rolling resistance for better fuel economy.
It is important to know what type of work your truck is used for, as well as the distances you need to cover. This will help you choose the most appropriate tyres by matching up correct load capacity, terrain and environment with the right tyre volume/size.