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USE RETREADS. Premium tire makers design casings for retread use. Theoretically, undamaged casings can be repeatedly retreaded, although the tire maker’s casing warranty might run out at, for example, 750,000 miles or after three retreadings. On the downside, some carriers restrict retread use on steer axles, and some states limit the number of times a steer tire can be retreaded. If the retread isn’t from a reputable dealer, or if its markings have been scrubbed ...

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PIB TIP: WARRANTY A FACTOR IN TIRES. Most standard new-tire and retread warranties have coverage limited to normal-use defects in workmanship, product and material. Warranties are based on time or wear, not mileage. Some fully cover the tire’s lifespan, or until tread wears to a specified thickness. Most warranties have buy-back plans for retreadable tires. Know exactly what the warranty is before you buy. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the ...

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PIB TIP: SHOP FOR THE BEST VALUE. Get the most for your money in tires, whether you spend a little or a lot. It’s tempting to shop primarily by sticker price, but cost per mile and retreading potential are more important considerations. Making an informed choice means keeping written and dated records of purchase, fuel mileage and tread depth, then comparing records between models you’ve used. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive ...

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PIB TIP: SPEC FOR YOUR APPLICATION. Effort put into careful spec’ing will pay off in any of the four main tire applications: long haul, regional, on/off road and urban. The different applications mean different tire lives. Specific steer, drive and trailer tires are available for each application. If you're spec'ing a new truck, you can pick any tire size suitable to your application. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants ...

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PIB TIP: CHECK TIRE WEAR. Pre- and post-trip inspection of your tires is a great time to check for irregular wear, flat spots and other indications of tire maintenance needs. Since tires are the second biggest variable cost, adopting cost-cutting practices, such as careful inspections of the tires, really pays. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by ...

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Play Your Cards Right

If used wisely, credit and debit cards are great tools. Know the benefits and pitfalls of both to help your business run more smoothly.

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Buy Right

Slash your costs by knowing when and where to purchase fuel. And make sure you’re getting the most value from a fuel card and a fuel surcharge.

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PIB TIP: YOUR IFTA ACCOUNT. You must get your own International Fuel Tax Agreement account to do your own fuel tax reporting, whether you do it yourself or through a third party. You do not have to have your own operating authority to get an IFTA account, but independent owner-operators must have such an account in their base plate state and be responsible for quarterly reporting. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive ...

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PIB TIP: PASS UP COSTLY FUEL STOPS. Owner-operators are well advised to pass up network fuel stops that are too costly, too far off route, sell inferior fuel, are dangerous or poorly maintained, or are perceived as a profit center for the carrier at owner-operators' expense. If you have concerns about a stop on the fleet network, respectfully bring them to the fleet’s attention. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the ...

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