Tires are in the top five operating expenses of a fleet. Most of these expenses are not controllable, such as fuel, operator wages, vehicle maintenance, etc., but tires can be controlled. As fleet operators attempt to reduce their cost-per-mile, tires can be controlled by choosing the right tire for the application and by using retreads.
Today, tire manufacturers design tires to provide service greater than the tread will last. By retreading the tire casing, an operation can reap the benefits of these highly designed tires. Retreaded tires are lasting as long as a new tire and in some case better and cost about 30% to 50% of a new tire. With the savings from retreading and with proper tire maintenance, a fleet service can significantly reduce their cost-per-mile.