Due to a shortage of new commercial vehicles caused by the pandemic, fleet managers are extending the life cycle of their existing vehicles. In a July Autosphere article Extensive use over fleet life cycles, Chris Hill, wrote: “Fleet managers are reacting to the lack of new vehicles by extending the life of those they currently have in service. He added: “The usual caveat to extending vehicle lifecycles is that maintenance and repair expenses will increase. This can be mitigated by following a strict preventative maintenance schedule.
A strict maintenance program includes regular checking of tire wear. In our Get more life from your tires article, we talked about supply difficulties and simple routines that you as a fleet could perform to extend the life of your tires. But the time comes when even well-maintained tires need to be replaced. A strict (and smart) maintenance schedule means getting new tires that will deliver excellent performance.
It is important to note that some of the challenges encountered when acquiring new vehicles also apply to commercial tires. According to a recent blog post, our challenges at Double Coin were not related to manufacturing, but port issues. Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Thailand is operating at full capacity to ensure our reseller and fleet customers have continued access to one of the most comprehensive SKU selections in the industry.
Replacing worn tires is an ongoing part and a major expense of any strict preventative maintenance plan. As fleet managers extend the life of their vehicles, what should they look for in a replacement tire? Even if the plan is to minimize the life of the vehicle, obviously there should be no compromise on quality or safety.
Therefore, in addition to availability, look for commercial tires that offer exceptional product quality, value, and support. Many fleets have made Double Coin their first choice as their first replacement tire, choosing us over major brands. That says a lot about the quality of our tires and our value as a second, third and continuing replacement tire. Our 4-Belt quality makes our commercial tires an ideal replacement for vehicles with extended life cycles.
At Double Coin, we don’t skimp. We manufacture a diverse line of steering, traction and trailer tires for a wide range of applications in which your fleet operates. If you need a replacement steer tire, Double Coin offers several options to meet your needs. For example, the RR150 is a 5-position steer tire with a wide groove design engineered for precise handling, great lateral stability, and superior traction in a variety of weather conditions. Its wide groove design and channel-like sipes cut through water.
With winter approaching, it might be time to consider tires for this season. Double Coin offers our ultra-premium severe winter tire for the driving position. Designed for harsh environments, the RSD3 features a dynamic tread design for excellent traction on all surfaces and road conditions. Its zigzag sipes and tread improve tire performance and provide superior durability. As you extend the life of your tractors, this rugged tire delivers long-lasting performance.
If the trailers are part of the extended lifecycle plan, Double Coin has you covered. They have a range of trailer tires that offer long life and low rolling resistance. Our TR100 is a shallow tread trailer position tire designed for all types of trailer applications. It’s engineered for superior tread life and features multiple sipes and wide shoulders to prevent the uneven wear that occurs in free-rolling positions.
Double Coin is a company that offers tremendous value. By any measure, our TBR tires are competitively priced and offer better quality and durability for less. This leads to a low ongoing total cost of ownership. Double Coin is committed to providing a superior ownership experience. Part of this involves providing you with the assurance that there are no issues that will not be dealt with promptly and with integrity. We back every TBR tire with our strong 7-Year Retread and 3-Year No Hassle Warranty. We have a knowledgeable team that is ready to solve any problem and provide smart solutions to fleets, dealers and their customers.
Each Double Coin TBR tire is constructed with 4 steel belts, which helps extend tire casing life, promote retreadability and lower cost per mile. Every Double Coin tire is engineered with advanced tire compounds to optimize durability and minimize rolling resistance.
Whatever your business needs, Double Coin most likely has the tires that will excel in your unique application. Contact a Double Coin or HTC dealer and they’ll help you find the perfect tires to operate while extending the life of your tractors and trailers.
This article was sponsored by Double Coin Tires. For more information on Double Coin, visit: www.doublecointires.com.