Top Commercial Truck Tire Sizes Identified

By Team Writer / December 2, 2019

In its latest fact book that reports on tires and their uses, the US tire manufacturers association (USTMA) has identified the top original equipment manufacturer and aftermarket tire sizes for the year 2018. One category that was listed was top tires that were added to new trucks. The sizes listed as having the top five ranks were 295/75R22.5 which were added 28.4 percent of the time, 11R22.5 which were added 24.9 percent of the time, 275/80R22.5 which were added 13.1 percent of the time, 225/70R19.5 which was added 8.6 percent of the time and 11R24.5 which had 5.8 percent. Also listed were the top five tire replacement sizes. The table ranking has been this way for the past four years, the association notes. One size that was differentiated in this classification was 275/80R22.5. It used to be grouped together with 295/75R22.5 prior to 2015 by the association due to the fact that they had identical applications but from 2015-2017, they were separated as separate tires.

Key Takeaways:

  • The sizes of tires that have to be added to new trucks have top five sizes which include 295/75R22.5 (28.4%), 11R22.5 (24.9%), 275/80R22.5 (13.1%), and 225/70R19.5 (8.6%).
  • For the past four years, the top replacement sizes of tires for trucks have been the following: 295/75R22.5 (24.3%), 11R22.5 (22.3%), 11R24.5 (9.7%), and 225/70R19.5 (7.4%).
  • Two sizes that used to be grouped together as having identical applications were size 275/80R22.5 and size 295/75R22.5 but the USTMA from 2015-2017 has decided to separate them.

“The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association has identified the top original-equipment manufacturer and aftermarket tire sizes in its latest fact book that covers the 2018 calendar year, according to a report on ModernTireDealer.com.”

Read more: https://www.automotive-fleet.com/325675/top-commercial-truck-tires-identified

The Joy of Finding the Right Truck

By Team Writer / November 28, 2019

Peter Nuñez, owner of Nuñez Trucking, has given his outlook on how wonderful it is to find the right truck for you or your company. Nuñez Trucking has over 17 dump trucks, and most were bought used by Peter himself. They talk about how important it is to find a truck that makes your own commute as hassle-free as possible. For instance, an automatic transmission allows you to focus more on the road and conducting business as opposed to constantly shifting.

Key Takeaways:

  • Keeping lower mileage trucks in a work fleet is desirable for reliability.
  • An automatic transmission is much more comfortable and easy for someone who drives for a living.
  • Buying a new instead of a used can get you more equity when you want to trade it in one day.

“Peter Nuñez has learned what a lot of veteran fleet managers already know: A new truck runs longer between repairs than an older one, enhancing reliability and customer service.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/325689/the-joy-of-finding-the-right-truck

Forbes names trucking industry’s richest couple – Fleet Owner

By Team Writer / November 25, 2019

The richest couple in the trucking industry don’t own a single truck of their own. Instead, Tom and Judy Love, the owners of Love’s Travel Stops And Country Stores, have become billionaires by providing truckers with food and gas. It’s been enough to land them on the most recent Forbes list of billionaires. Forbes also ranks them as the 73rd of its 400 richest Americans. The Loves got their start in Oklahoma with only a single location, which has now grown to an empire of over 400 locations that hauls in $16 billion in annual sales.

Key Takeaways:

  • It is often heard that it is a good time to be in the trucking industry but the companies that most profit are those that fuel and feed truckers.
  • Tom Loves and his wife who are in the trucking industry ranked 209 in Forbes list of the world’s billionaires making them the richest couple in the industry.
  • The Loves empire started with just one gas station in Oklahoma in 1964 but now they have expanded to 430 locations in 41 states.

“With holdings estimated at over $7 billion, the founders of Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores lead the trucking industry in personal wealth. The Loves rank No. 73 on the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans.”

Read more: https://www.fleetowner.com/people/forbes-names-trucking-s-richest-couple

3 Things to Know About Comdata’s National Account Tire Pricing

By Team Writer / October 7, 2019

For the 100,000+ users of the Comdata MyFleet card, there are over 4,000 locations to choose from for tire buying. Comdata claims the discount can help fleets to save 65% on tires. Justin King, a senior vice president at FleetCor Technologies, says they will be soon be announcing their official partner tire manufacturers. Participating locations include trucks stops and commercial tire dealers, and there is a dedicated team of tire specialists and a web portal to help customers find a place of installation. King further explains that customers can go to a nearby dealer, tell them they are program members, and select tires from a manufacturer of choice.

Key Takeaways:

  • Limitations on how tires are purchased become moot if you’re a part of the program
  • Innovation with program rewards are a main focus of this company’s mission
  • MTD recognizes that choice is important to the customer and have added many brands to their program

“The dealer network includes over 4,000 locations, including truck stops and commercial tire resellers that participate in national account programs with the manufacturers.”

Read more: https://www.automotive-fleet.com/337939/3-things-to-know-about-comdatas-national-account-tire-pricing

Best Transportation Adds BYD Electric Tractor to Fleet

By Team Writer / October 5, 2019

Best Transportation’s fleet has added a Class A Tractor to its arsenal; the tractor is fully electric. The tractor excelled at its first mission, going to the Maher Terminal to get a container, and bringing that container to a secondary location. Best Transportation has even received an award, as the first trucking fleet to transport a container from New Jersey and New York’s ports while utilizing only an electric vehicle. This is the first of many commercial trucks Best Transportation is testing and developing, wanting to take advantage of the new technological territory.

Key Takeaways:

  • This company works towards difficult goals that impact both their company and the environment
  • Commercial vehicles are the number one offender of environmental decomposition in the US
  • Sustainability should be a main concern for the future of transportation globally

“The BYD Zero Emissions On-Highway Tractor gave the fleet the honor of being the first trucking company to move a container from the Port of New York and New Jersey using an electric vehicle. Best Transportation called it the first step in its plan to increase the number of electric vehicles in its fleet.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/337925/best-transportation-adds-byd-electric-tractor-to-fleet

NAFA’s Certification Tests Going Fully Online

By Team Writer / October 3, 2019

Transparency in any industry is important, especially when it comes to the results of research being done or test scores that consumers might use to make life changing decisions. In their new blog post, GF Staff outlines the NAFA announcement of their new digital test taking platform, the technology requirements a consumer might need to be successful in this venture and the potentials costs involved with choosing this more convenient option. They finish their summary by reminding us of the earnings potential gained by taking this test.

Key Takeaways:

  • Credential evaluations for automotive fleet managers and experts will be available on line.
  • Offers a more convenient way to certification as it can be done at the leisure of the test taker.
  • A quiet place, mic, headset, and appropriate internet quality is what is all that is needed now.

“To accommodate this enhancement, the remaining computer-based testing (CBT) exams through NAFA’s previous provider, PSI/Comira, cannot be scheduled beyond August 10.”

Read more: https://www.government-fleet.com/337937/nafas-certification-tests-going-fully-online

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