As a professional driver, you know the cost of replacing tires is a major expense. What if you could save on tire costs without sacrificing performance or safety? Retreading can help you do just that. Retreads are a sustainable, cost-effective way to rack up those miles. Whether you’ve considered retreads before or not, they are definitely worth looking into. To help with your evaluation, we’re debunking some of the most common retread myths.
Myth #1: Retreads are not safe.
One of the most tired retread myths we hear today is that they aren’t safe. But in fact, the safety of tires, whether new or retread, often comes down to care of their casings.
One of the most common causes of truck tire failures is underinflation. Underinflated tires experience excessive sidewall flexing, which causes them to run extremely hot. This buildup of heat can lead to tread and casing separation and unexpected blowouts. Needless to say, the safety of your tires largely depends on the maintenance practices you follow.
The overall quality of retreads has increased dramatically over the years, and retreading is held to the same standards of quality as new tires in terms of tread depth and other safety concerns. Today, retreading is a controlled process using advanced technology, equipment and comprehensive inspection techniques.
The TA Commercial Tire Network Retread Center, for example, uses nondestructive testing techniques at initial inspection and a high pressure inflation tester in the final stages of retreading, as well as the latest cutting edge Shearography equipment to ensure only quality casings are retreaded.
The truth is that new tires today are crafted to be retreaded, and only casings that pass a rigorous safety test are selected for the retreading process. Work with a quality manufacturer and take care of your casings, and you can expect the same level of safety as new rubber from your retreads.
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