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Tire Costs Flat but Expect Higher Prices in 2021

Reduced tire demand and a decrease in overall miles driven have caused tire manufacturing volume to decline in 2020, creating a downstream ripple effect softening commodity prices for natural rubber, but this may change in 2021.

Top Commercial Truck Tire Sizes Identified

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association has identified the top original-equipment manufacturer and aftermarket tire sizes in its latest fact book that covers the 2018 calendar year.

How to Handle a Tire Blowout

A sudden tire blowout can happen anywhere, anytime. It can be a frustrating situation for a busy commercial driver on a schedule. More importantly, a tire blowout can pose a serious safety hazard.

Deciding to Repair or Replace Run-Flat Tires

What should a fleet professional know when utilizing assets with run-flat tire versus a non-run-flat tire? According to mounting and balancing equipment manufacturers and tire manufacturers the consensus is a run-flat’s unique construction makes them more difficult to mount and demount.

Worn Tires Decrease Handling on Wet Roads Up to 33%

On wet roads, worn tires with a tread depth of 4/32 inch have an average increased stopping distance of 87 feet for a passenger car and 86 feet for a light truck when compared with new tires, according to a recent study from AAA. 

Safety Tip: Tire Maintenance

In recognition of National Tire Safety Week, here are some tire maintenance tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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