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Tire Guide

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Choosing the right tire

Goodyear produces families of tires for trucks, buses and coaches. Each range is optimized to meet the demands of all main specific user types and/or for specific requirements. Goodyear KMAX – on road tires for high mileage
The KMAX range of truck tires is for operators who want high mileage from their tires.
This range includes the KMAX S steer tire, KMAX D drive tire and KMAX T trailer tire. While these tires have been developed for high mileage, they still give excellent fuel consumption.

Goodyear FUELMAX – on road tires for fuel economy

FUELMAX is for those who want low fuel consumption. Comprising the FUELMAX S steer tire, FUELMAX D drive tire and FUELMAX T trailer tire, the low rolling resistance of these tires reduces fuel bills. FUELMAX also delivers on mileage.

Goodyear Omnitrac MS – for mixed service vehicles

Omnitrac MS tires are for trucks such as concrete mixers and tippers working in mixed service conditions. They are designed and developed specifically to meet the demanding needs of the construction industry and operators who encounter on and off road conditions. Enhanced mileage and traction with greater damage protection are the main customer benefits from the Omintrac MSS II steer tires, Omnitrac MSD II drive tires and Omnitrac MST trailer tires.

Goodyear Coach – for coaches

The Marathon Coach is Goodyear’s first ever dedicated coach tire. Specifically for modern coaches with sophisticated suspension systems, this tire is designed not only to help reduce cost per kilometer but also overcome the uneven tire wear that can be an issue. This is an all position tire.

Goodyear UrbanMax – for buses

The Goodyear UrbanMax MCA tire is an all position tire for buses. This tire is optimized for both high mileage and durability, with reinforced sidewalls to resist kerbing. The Goodyear UrbanMax MCD is a drive tire for wet and winter conditions.

Driving style

No matter how good your tires are, it is the driver who can most influence the mileage and fuel consumption they return. For this reason we cannot strongly enough recommend regular driver training.

Tire maintenance

In order to maximize the performance of your truck tires, correct tire maintenance is essential. This not only means ensuring that the right pressures are maintained and regularly checked, but also that regrooving and retreading take place when necessary. Regrooving should be carried out by approved tire service centres such as TruckForce and Goodyear TreadMax retreads ideally used. Goodyear offers a wide range of services and solutions to its customers under the FleetFirst name.

Talking to Your Tire Supplier

Your tire supplier’s job is to help you find the right tire for your vehicles. Your operation and priorities: Your dealer will want to know about the type of work your company undertakes and your priorities with regard to performance needs from your tires. He will also be able to show you the label grades the tires offer in terms of fuel consumption, wet grip and noise. Your service requirements: The best way to optimize your truck tire life and performance is to have a truck tire management program. We can do this for you or work with you to make sure that your inspections and maintenance are not only done in accordance with regulations but also ensure the best return on investment possible from your truck tires. Do your price homework: Tires are the only points of contact between your vehicle and the road, so it’s important not to cut corners when it comes to choosing them. Fitting premium truck tires from Goodyear not only ensures that you have tires that provide outstanding performance but also an organization that can support you right across Europe.

Tire performance criteria

Cornering grip

Definition

  • 
How well the tire holds when taking corners

When is it important?

  • 
When driving on winding roads

Rolling resistance

Definition

  • 
What energy is dissipated when a tire roll across a surface

When is it important?

  • 
If you’re trying to reduce your fuel consumption

Performance

Definition

  • 
A general term describing a vehicle or tire’s braking, accelerating, handling, and traction

When is it important?

  • 
All the time

Handling

Definition

  • 
How your tire responds to steering and braking

When is it important?

  • 
All the time

Aquaplaning resistance

Definition

  • The ability of a tire to shed water and retain its grip on wet roads

When is it important?

  • 
When driving on water covered roads or spots of a road

Wet grip

Definition

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The tire’s road adherence and braking ability on a wet surface

When is it important?

  • For steering, stopping, and overall vehicle control

Dry grip

Definition

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The tire’s road adherence and braking ability on a dry surface

When is it important?

  • For steering, stopping, and overall vehicle control

Comfort

Definition

  • A tire‘s ability to absorb shocks from bumps or other irregularities on the road

When is it important?

  • 
All the time for both the driver, passenger comfort for buses and coaches and load protection.

Noise

Definition

  • The external noise a tire produces contributes to noise pollution in the surrounding environment. A tire that produces low internal noise will keep things quieter inside the vehicle.

When is it important?

  • For the driver to reduce discomfort and fatigue, for the comfort of coach and bus passengers and for the environment in general

Braking distance

Definition

  • The distance it takes for a vehicle to come to a complete stop after brakes are applied

When is it important?

  • 
All the time

Mileage

Definition

  • 
The distance a tire can be driven before it requires regrooving, retreading or becomes illegal.

When is it important?

  • All the time – the higher the mileage the lower the cost per kilometer for the tire

Looking at the bigger picture

The new EU tire label ratings evaluate a tire based on three performance characteristics: fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise. At Goodyear, our engineers analyse truck tires against more than 50 performance parameters. Your tire supplier can tell you about the characteristics that aren’t addressed by the EU tire ratings or by independent tests, such as its mileage.