Tires are a fleet’s biggest expense after fuel, and steer tires can be even more of a worry than the drives. Steers not only have to provide resistance to scrub wear in applications where there’s constant hard cornering, they may be particularly vulnerable to symptoms like cupping wear where the axle may hop because of low loadings. The best steers provide wet traction and disperse water effectively, often because of siping – critical for safe handling and driver confidence. They also must provide scrub resistance in applications like pickup and delivery, and must resist all kinds of irregular wear as effectively as possible.
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