Michelin has begun a 12-month trial during which it will compare the wear rate of three key truck tyre sizes for petroleum haulage contractor Suckling Transport.
The trial aims to determine the best strategy for the introduction of Euro VI vehicles.
Suckling currently uses 295/80 R 22.5 Michelin tyres for its fleet, but is anticipating a larger tyre size be fitted, to cope with the increase weight of around 200kg of the new vehicles.
“We decided to work with Michelin to trial all three tyre sizes as it’s critical for us to have the optimum size and load rating for the liquids we are transporting,” said Dan Bauckham, Suckling Transport’s director of engineering.
“Although we have found the wear and fuel consumption of Michelin’s 295/80 R 22.5 tyres very impressive, when we start taking delivery of Euro VI vehicles we’ll have to choose between 315/70 and 315/80 fitments.
“This trial will help us decide which, while providing an accurate benchmark against our existing 295/80 preference.”