Traction of truck tyres explained

The traction of truck tyres plays an important role depending on the season, weather and purpose. But how can the traction of a tyre actually be optimised? We are pleased to tell you.

Transferring power

Maurits Bloem, Product manager Truck, knows everything about the laws of physics that relate to tyres: “The traction of a truck is only generated by one or two axles, depending on the vehicle. These axles transfer all engine power to the road surface. Traction is determined by blocks on the tyre. That is why winter tyres feature slats, because they help to increase the number of blocks. These transverse grooves create extra surface and thus improve traction.”

Traction is expressed by a label on the tyre (grip on wet surface) and the 3PMSF symbol. We also show this label on the product page of our website, because it is important to know exactly how much traction a tyre offers.

Traction and energy label

More and more tyres now feature 3D technology, in order to generate more traction, explains Maurits Bloem: “Thanks to new technologies, the traction and energy label of tyres is always improving. In the past, slats were simply straight, but they tend to curve towards both sides these days. This means they stick together when driving, and offer better traction and better value for money. The Aeolus NEO Allroads D+ is a good example of this.”

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Do you need advice? Please contact us, our experts will be pleased to assist you. Contact our experts at +31 (0)523 - 850 850 or by e-mail to You can also read all about trucks on the truck knowledge-page.