It’s no secret that winter tires are much safer during snowy months, but did you know that Germany even made them mandatory in 2005 for their overwhelming benefits? In the three years following the mandate, injuries from collisions dropped over 50%!
Winter tires have been saving lives ever since they were introduced, but only some carriers seem to know that winter tires can also save your budget. In today’s price-sensitive market, every dollar is stretched to its maximum. Here are a few ways that winter tires can ease the strain on your greenbacks:
1. Reduced Fuel Consumption
Winter tire usage can be very kind to your winter fuel receipts.
Most winter tires are comprised of hydrophilic rubber that softens in cold temperatures, allowing for reduced fuel consumption as they float more easily across frozen roads. Additionally, winter tires have specialized grooves that get outstanding traction on wet surfaces.
Put simply, many drivers spin their wheels in burnt fuel costs during the winter seasons as they struggle to get a grip. With winter tires, your rig moves smoothly and safely for reduced fuel costs.
2. Improved Safety
It’s intuitive for most carriers to use winter tires for their safety benefits. Not only is staying safe necessary for the driver’s health, but it can also be beneficial to the health of your budget.
Across all semi-truck crashes, the average bill totals up to a towering $91,112. That may seem high, but consider the costs: damage to the truck, property damages, medical bills, and loss of productivity, and you begin to understand the gravity of a semi-truck accident.
The FMCSA has attributed weather-related incidents as a primary cause of semi-truck collisions. Winter tires significantly reduce the likelihood of these accidents by drastically decreasing stopping distances.
With winter tires, you can help avoid physical and financial disasters.
3. Extended Lifespan of All-Season Tires
One of the most significant financial benefits of using winter tires is the increased longevity of your all-season tires.
The winter months can wreak havoc on all-season tires that aren’t designed for extreme cold and icy conditions. By removing your all-seasons and using winter tires in the colder months, you can greatly increase the lifespan of your all-season tires.
By reducing the need to replace your all-season tires, you can substantially decrease the costs associated with tires.
Winter tires are a proven way to cut costs through the cold season. By reducing fuel consumption, mitigating accidents, and extending the lifespan of all-season tires, carriers can observe significant savings. Even more importantly, you enjoy peace of mind knowing that you have genuinely put safety first.
The England Carrier Services (ECS) division offers various services for carriers ranging from maintenance to support. As ECS members, carriers have access to nationwide discounts on fuel and tires from dedicated team members committed to finding the best price. ECS also provides factoring services with benefits such as same-day funding to a bank account or fuel card. These options allow carriers the freedom to focus on growing their business while saving time and money.