briana sophie. tires. December 25th , 2017.
Tires play a critical role in the handling, maneuvering and braking of any motor vehicle. No matter what the type...RV, SUV, utility vehicle or commercial truck, tires are the only thing that contacts the road. Obviously, there is much more than just the vehicle resting on those tires, its overall safe operation is as well. By following some basic tire safety practices, you will not only drive with a greater degree of security, you will extend the usable life of your tire investment considerably.
Trailer tires are designed to roll freely and resist the pressure and friction during braking. They are also designed with thicker sideways to minimize the risk of damage due to rubbing on the curb as you pull up to park. They are not designed for traction or for torque and should not be used in the steer or drive positions for safety reasons. Many of the top lines of trailer tires now are designed to be puncture resistant or to have construction options that help then stand up to contact pressure, withstand heat better to help minimize the degradation of the tread over the miles and to also prevent the tire from becoming extremely rigid in cold weather. Puncture resistant trailer tires are also a consideration and are used by many large fleets as a cost and time saving option for long haul routes as well as short deliveries.
This is not really a good idea. As was mentioned above, winter tires are made of a softer rubber compound. That means they will wear down much quicker than a tire designed for warmer driving conditions. They are designed for wet slippery driving. Warm, dry pavement is not their friend, it is really their enemy. This is important for a couple reasons. First you will end up replacing your tires more frequently simply from wear. The primary reason for leaving snow tires on all year would be to eliminate the need for another set of tires but quicker wear will mean you will actually be buying tires more often. Secondly, a deep tread is important for a snow tire to be most effective. The tread helps the tire dig into snow and ice and the deep channels help to divert slush from under the tire. As the tire is worn by summer driving, its effectiveness in the winter is significantly diminished. Another reason to change tires as soon as the snow clears for good is for a more comfortable ride. All season tires and summer tires among other things are engineered for a comfortable ride. Snow tires are not. All season and summer tires are engineered to be quiet on the road, winter tires tend to be quite loud on the road. Since you are using a good snow tire, you can put a summer tire on your car for better performance. In this way you will be using tires specifically designed for the seasons you are driving in. This way you can achieve better traction and a smoother and quieter ride in all seasons.
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