Retread Tires Lead to Trucking Accidents
They don’t call tractor-trailer rigs “18-wheelers” without reason — although the exact number of wheels and tires may vary depending upon the configuration of tractor and one or more trailers, they do require quite a lot of rubber on the road. And when we consider that a commercial truck tire may cost upwards of $500, it’s clear that the monetary investment in tires for a tractor-trailer rig is many times the amount for a passenger vehicle. Once that tire is on the road, the amount of wear available in its tread before reaching the minimum thickness may only carry the truck for a relatively short amount of time — perhaps only a year for a commercial tire used in a local delivery operation where lots of turning tends to wear tires down more quickly. Considering the large investment in tires, commercial trucking companies certainly do not just toss them out when their tread has reached 4/32-inch thickness. Instead, they refurbish tires through the process of “retreading.” Unfortunately, this process does not usually result in a product that is “good as new,” and so may lead to a greater number of trucking accidents from retread tires.