The truck world is practically foreign to people who are entirely dedicated to cars, and it makes sense since there are more than differences than just sizes and function. On category in which they greatly differ is when it comes to tires. Truck tires carry more weight than just the one of the load, a good set of tires can reduce travel time, save fuel and dead weight on a commercial transport truck. Consequently. tires are actually a big deal.
When the tires of a car are finished, they are normally changed for new ones and that’s it, but in a truck, the solution is not so simple. While cars travel a hundred kilometers a day at most, trucks travel thousands of kilometers and any variation can cause the transport business to lose millions on the way. So yes, truck tires need to do a lot more than just get the truck moving, so it makes sense that the industry has been working hard to produce better and better tires every year. Here are the more impressive technological advances on truck tires.
It’s the process of renewing the floor of the tires. When a normal car tire wears out, it’s just replaced by a new one while in the truck tires goes through a process in which a new floor is put on it. This technology is quite complex because it allows a “helmet” (the heart of the tire) to go through the process up to three times, making it very difficult to distinguish between a new and a renewed tire. Thanks to this, the cost per kilometer is reduced by almost a half, in addition to producing less waste and pollution to the environment.
Less Resistance to Rolling
The tires are the support of the vehicle with the floor and therefore they carry a responsibility. Some brands have developed a compound with less rolling resistance, which means that the tires can spin longer without applying power, thus saving fuel and wear on other parts such as bearings, engine and transmission. How much can a compound of these save? The brand ensures that depending on the position of the tire (in the cabin or the cargo box) it can save up to 15% (in front) and 42.5% (in the drag) of fuel.
Integrated Pressure Check
A system that allows a constant monitoring of the tire’s pressure and temperature, this to prevent any breakage or unnecessary wear before it is too expensive. A sensor is installed inside the rim whose battery lasts three years and with a monitor placed in the cabin you can see individual temperature and pressure. This also helps control costs because a tire that is not at the ideal pressure can significantly increase fuel consumption.
All these advances are focused on boosting the performance on heavy-duty cargo trucks and are an advantage for everyone. How? Well, by reducing the consumption of fuel, lengthening the life of the tires, reducing mechanical troubles for the trucks and constantly check the tires for any malfunction the transportation cost eventually will drop, making life more affordable for all. Also, this technology is useful at the time of preventing accidents on the road, and since the tires are no longer just discarded if not refurbished and the vehicles will use less fuel, is good for the environment as well.