There’s a big difference between long-haul and regional semi-truck tires—not only in terms of the distance they can travel but also in terms of the type of terrain they’re designed to handle. The right tire for your operation will maximize fuel efficiency on your routes while also offering good traction in all weather, low rolling resistance, and high resistance to punctures and damage. However, regional and long-haul tires use different features to meet these needs. If you’re not sure which kind of commercial tires are right for your rig or an entire fleet, here are the main differences to help you make an informed decision.
Long-haul commercial tires are built for distance, averaging 100,000 miles or more per year. They can travel farther on a single tank of gas, and they’re designed with highway travel in mind, meaning they prioritize noise reduction and traveling efficiently on smoother roads. If you do a lot of truckload or less-than-truckload hauling and need to cover many miles, then long-haul tires are ideal for you. These tires should always be kept at the appropriate air pressure to reduce wear.
You also need to consider the different functions a tire should perform based on whether it’s in the drive, steering, or trailer position. Tires mounted on the steering axle need to minimize uneven wear and rolling resistance. Tires in the drive position perform extra functions and also need good steering response and extra tread protection.
Regional semi tires also come in a variety of sizes and styles, but they’re made for different types of terrain. These tires are specifically made for travel on local roads where the truck will be turning, braking, and backing up frequently. These trucks usually stay within a 300-mile radius and are much more likely to experience scrubbing, curb damage, and wear from potholes and debris. These tires need to hold up in high-torque maneuvers and withstand a high frequency and severity of starting and stopping. Carriers also want these tires to maintain a low cost-to-mile ratio and be easy to retread.
Regional commercial tires generally put on 30,000 to 80,000 miles annually and may see highway use. Therefore, they also need high speed capabilities and low rolling resistance. To meet these varying needs, some regional tires offer a pressure distribution groove that spreads weight more evenly during turns and helps prevent uneven wear. This feature can also improve mileage and save thousands in fuel costs.
Unexpected flats happen, but they don’t have to take you out of operation if you have help from Texas Commercial Tire in Hutchins and Temple, TX. These industry leaders offer commercial tire sales, maintenance, and repair. With 24-hour road service, seven days a week, their team of skilled technicians can address any tire issue you have. Their staff is TIA Certified and offers quick responses. Visit their website to learn more, and call them at (972) 225-6640 if you find yourself in the DFW area or call (254) 321-9961 for the Temple location.