Choose the right rolling resistance and save costs

Determining the ideal rolling resistance of your truck tyres will save you money. Maurits Bloem, our Truck Tyre Product Manager, will be happy to tell you exactly how it works.
Choose the right rolling resistance and save costs

Reduce fuel costs through tyres

"For a hauler, tyres are very important. After all, they ensure that the truck can safely drive miles to arrive at its destination. Yet on average, tire costs for a transportation company are only 3-4% of the total number of costs. The largest cost is labor costs, followed by fuel costs (about 30%). And the latter can be reduced by choosing tyres with the right rolling resistance."

What is the rolling resistance of a tyre

Rolling resistance is caused by the deformation of a tyre during rolling, in the contact area with the road surface. This deformation of the tyre causes a loss of energy in the form of heat. As a result, the engine has to provide more power to compensate for this energy loss in the tyres resulting in an increase in fuel consumption. So the lower the rolling resistance is of the tyres, the lower the fuel consumption is to compensate for it.

Rolling resistance combined with tyre pressure

"The easier a truck rolls, the less fuel it consumes. That's why rolling resistance is so important. It is listed as a label value on every truck tyre in our web shop. Choose the right tyre for the right position and thus create the best fitting rolling resistance. Very importantly, also apply the correct tyre pressure and make sure the tyres are properly aligned and balanced. The combination of these two things provides the optimal cost savings. And saving a few percent on fuel costs pays much more than on tyre costs."

7 classes for rolling resistance

Each truck tyre has a certain label value for rolling resistance. Reduced rolling resistance results in lower fuel consumption. There are 7 classes (A to G), in which A is the most favorable and G is the most unfavorable class. Indicating the difference is a 7.5% savings between the most favorable (A) and most unfavorable class (G). In practice, this corresponds to a difference between 2 different classes, so for example between A and B, at about 0.1 liters per 100 km. With an annual mileage of 100,000 km, in this case you have a savings potential of 100 liters.

Want to know more? Our truck experts will be happy to help!

Contact our experts at +31 (0)523 850 850. They will be happy to answer any questions you have about your truck tyres! You can also read all about truck tyres on the truck knowledge page.