Maximizing driver efficiency and getting the most out of fuel budgets are year-long priorities for fleet managers. But this can be even more challenging during the harsh winter months as snow, sleet and other severe weather conditions can make it difficult for truckers to complete their routes. By investing in logistics software, fleet maintenance solutions and low rolling resistance tires, fleet managers can combat the cold weather and offset the inconvenience and costs it inflicts upon trucking firms throughout North America.
In an effort to better understand the effectiveness of LRR tires, Transport Canada asked the National Research Council's Surface Transportation portfolio to take a deeper look into several brands of Class-8 long-haul LRR tires to track their performance in "packed snow" weather conditions. The report revealed that these fuel-efficient tires perform well in weather winter, demonstrating to fleet managers that investing in LRR tires may benefit drivers who constantly have to trudge through snow.
LRR tires stood up to non-LRR tires
To get accurate results for the study, Smithers-Rapra performed several laboratory test on a wide range of LRR and non-LRR SmartWay verified tires. The results showed no discernable difference between the performance of tires. LRR tires are used by fleet owners to achieve potential fuel savings of 4 to 11 percent, as well as reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, but many trucking firms have been slow to adopt the technology in fear that it won't be effective during the winter.
While they may impact fuel consumption, the study found that during laboratory and vehicle-based track testing LRR tires demonstrated comparable levels of snow traction to non-LRR tires. The tires marketed as low rolling resistance demonstrated 29 percent lower rolling resistance than their conventional counterparts. LRR tires were proven to help maximize fuel expenditures, while performing similar to non-LRR in adverse weather conditions.
Snow traction, reduced fuel costs improves truck fleets
The Packed Snow Performance of Low Rolling Resistance Class 8 Heavy Truck Tires outlined how trucking firms should investigate the potential benefits of LRR tires if they hope to maximize their fuel efficiency even during the winter months. Heavy Duty magazine outlined how investing in these tires can help fleets maintain road safety and benefit the environment, enabling firms to lessen their carbon footprint and become more sustainable overall.