Selecting the Right Winter Tires for Your Transport Truck

Winter Drive in Idaho

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As we’re now firmly within the cold months, and Christmas is coming, those who own transport trucks will have to start thinking about making preparations for when the snow comes. Although we’ve got hundreds of almost priceless weather satellites surrounding the earth and whole teams of experts spending their entire working lives trying to predict any extremities before they reach us, the weather can be extremely unpredictable and dangers cannot always be avoided. Which is why it’s vitally important that you don’t wait until the last minute to get things sorted.

Unlike most road users who drive cars, transport trucks are much heavier and they can be a real hazard to both the driver and any other motorists, especially because it can take so long to stop when traveling at speed. This is why the tires you chose to fit the vehicle with must be suitable and must be able to cope with extra pressure on slippery surfaces. Finding the most effective product is easier than ever thanks to the internet, so with the right advice you should be sorted within a couple of days.

Understanding How Tires Work

Most of you probably know that a tyre is basically a flexible container that holds compressed air, right? Well, did you also realise that most modern editions have around 19 different components? They’re much more complex than we give them credit for, and so selecting the right one can be tricky. In most instances, they’ll have a code written on the side, and this should give you a good indication of their ideal functionality. This code relays all the information you might need including, the type of tyre, the width of the tire in millimeters, the diameter of the rim in inches, the load rating, the speed rating and whether it’s suitable for driving in all seasons.

Finding a Reputable Seller

Car drivers usually have little to no issue finding retailers with the tyre models they require. Car tires are largely similar sizes and manufacturers have standardised tires to fit a range of cars. The need for winter tires is less prevalent for cars and most drivers replace their tires along with their vehicle service. Hunting for tires becomes more complicated when looking to buy for a transport truck because of the size you’ll undoubtedly need. Some of your local stores might have to order them in on request, so it’s always wise to get some quotes before going ahead and parting with any cash.

Alternatively most dealerships will have tires for the models they sell, so if you acquired your transport truck via this means then perhaps you should give them a call. Just be careful though, as dealerships are renowned for charging more to provide you with the manufacturer recommended editions.

Considering The Terrain You’ll Drive On

If it’s likely you’ll only drive on motorways and rural roads, then you should be fine opting with standards tires. However, if (as in the picture accompanying this article) you’ll have to drive on unkept roads that are prone to retaining thick layers of snow, it might make sense to look at some of the more expensive, heavy-duty solutions that are available through most channels.

Well, that’s about it from me today, I’ve got to go and find the chains out because, unfortunately, some of us can’t afford to pick up a couple of pairs of new tires every winter. Still, where there’s a will, there’s a way…

<p.Stay safe!

Author biography – Bradley Taylor is a freelance writer from England, UK who writes across about everything automotive. You can follow him on Twitter and connect with him on Google+.

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One thought on “Selecting the Right Winter Tires for Your Transport Truck

  1. I think it is great now that they make snow tires that are essentially good for all weather conditions and seasons. It was always such a big hype to not drive on them except in the snow and now they finally have ones where you can wear all year long. I’m not sure is it works for larger trucks but still happy to find this out.

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