Steer tires for semi-trucks are considered the most important tire position on a commercial truck. They’re sometimes generally known as all-position tires because they’re designed for the steer axle, but also perform well on drive and trailer axles.
Drive tires sit at the rear truck tractors on the drive or torque axles, drive tires are the most vital tire for good traction. It’s common for our customers to have trouble deciding on the best drive tires for semi-trucks in their fleet, because they’re trying to tackle all of their goals and challenges. To make it easier, we recommend focusing on one primary objective for your truck drive tires – be it traction, life-cycle cost, fuel economy, on-time arrival, etc.
Radial Tires are trailer tires for semi-trucks are designed for free-rolling, trailer-axle positions in the back of the trailer. They’re likely stiffer to withstand tough braking, heavy loads and protect from curbing damage. There are two common types of semi-truck trailer tires: radial ply and bias ply. The difference between radial and bias ply trailer tires is their construction.