Rethinking retreads

| December 12, 2008

A Bandag dealer, for example, “will look at wear, appearance, snow or mud starting traction, ice or wet stopping traction, and fuel efficiency needs to identify an application-specific tread suitable for your needs,” spokesman Brad Reiners says.

On trailers, tread pattern is less of a concern. Trailer tires often are on the last of three cycles, which means they receive a thinner tread anyway. This minimizes friction and heat on the casing, which is older by the time it gets back there.

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