Dual Wheels Or Wide-Base Singles – Which Is The Better Option For Your Truck?


Your vehicle’s tyres are one of its most important safety components. They are directly responsible for acceleration, torque, and braking. They are the only part of the vehicle that have contact with the road and it is your tyres that stop your vehicle when needed, which is why tyres play a key role in driving safety.

Innovation and technology are scattered throughout the logistics industry to bring the best possible tyres to trucks and other vehicles. One of the latest examples is smart tyres for commercial fleets that utilise sensors and cloud algorithms to monitor a tyre’s condition and wear, and to warn when a puncture is imminent or if your tyre needs replacing. Commercial vehicle truck tyres can wear out faster than other tyres or cause problems because they typically carry loads and are used in a range of different road conditions. Therefore, use of better tyres and regular maintenance is becoming increasingly important.

Different vehicles require different tyres that are designed to handle the load of the vehicle. For heavy commercial vehicles, light commercial vehicle tyres cannot be substituted. As well as following the manufacturer’s recommendations, always use the tyre size recommended for your vehicle. To keep the vehicle safe, load the vehicle only as much as the tyres can handle, do not overload. 

Numerous accidents are caused every year by improper, defective or incorrectly inflated tyres. No matter what kind of tyres you use on your truck, the tyres make up the only point of contact between the vehicle and the road, so a better pair of tyres not only prevents accidents but also aids better functionality of the trucks.

There is always discussion around what tyres are preferred by drivers and logistics companies, which can be a point of disagreement. Truck drivers and owners are uncertain if dual wheels or super single conversions would be better for harsh and long driving conditions. However, the choice of truck tyre should be made based on the severity of heavy driving that the vehicle undertakes and what type of road conditions it is often driven on. 

When choosing the right tyre should also consider the driving style and preferences of the driver, as some may find driving easy, while others may not with the same set of tyres.  The best way to decide which pair of tyres to use on your truck is to know the pros and cons of both sets of tyres and use them according to preference, requirements of your truck and the different road conditions. Wide base tyres have their own application, and a place where they are more appropriate. Basically, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach. 

The benefits of wide base tyres can be seen in their performance. However, not all fleets prefer them. A wide base tyre replaces the dual tyre configuration found on most tractors and trailers. In comparison to dual tyres, wide base tyres are much larger and have a much wider contact patch. With one super single conversion, you can carry as much weight as two dual tyres, but with a lighter tyre and rim weight, which allows you to carry more and get better fuel economy.

Tyres with wide bases require less maintenance than dual tyres, since there is no inside dual tyre pressure to match or maintain, and mismatched dual tyres and heights are eliminated. Vehicle inspection times are reduced because fewer tyres need to be checked for air pressure and tyre condition.

Lastly, paying attention to what the experts have to say, as well as to reviews by other consumers is equally as important when selecting truck tyres. The tyre specialists at Oceanic Direct, with more than 30 years of experience, offer genuine advice on tyres, along with supplying a wide range of tyre options to you.  If you need help deciding on the right tyre for your driving style, road conditions or fleet type, you can rely on Oceanic Direct. 

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