Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Alligators on the Highway - Freight and Road Haulage Interests May be Under a Misconception

Those Shredded Tyre Casings - Retreads or Simply Driver Failure to Do the Whole Job? (And an Offer You Can't Refuse)
Shipping News Feature

US – WORLDWIDE – Of all the dozens of press releases we receive every single day there are occasionally one or two regular contributors who never fail to impress even our cynical editorial staff simply because of their genuine passion for the object of their attention. When the subjects are exotic project freight forwarding contracts or shipping assistance to recent disaster areas the heightened emotions are understandable but, in the case of Harvey Brodsky, Managing Director at the Retread Tire Association based in Pacific Grove California, such enthusiasm may be a little harder to understand.

However Harvey’s continued exuberance on the subject of re-vulcanising tyres (OK Harvey - tires) is based on his experience of driving himself on retreads for nearly forty years and arguing against ignorance of their qualities. He has repeatedly pointed out that retreads are routinely used on commercial aircraft as well as most of the big parcel and logistics fleets but in the following piece he points out that the causes of tyre failure usually lies firmly in the control of the driver. He says:

“Sadly too many people think that all the tire debris we see on our highways comes from retreads that have failed and have thrown road alligators all over the highways, but the facts counter that misconception, because as many studies have found, the percentage of tire debris on our highways is about the same from retreads and virgin tires that have never been in a retread plant.

“The true reason that tires fail and throw tire debris – also known as road alligators – on our highways is because of improper tire maintenance, with under inflation being the main cause, followed closely by over inflation, improper tire repairs, mismatched tires in dual wheel positions where one tire has to do the work of two, causing undue stress leading to a failure, tires with less than the legal limit of tread remaining, poor alignment on the truck and a few other tire related problems

“It doesn’t matter if the tire is one that has never been retreaded or is a retread, if the tire isn’t properly maintained it WILL fail, given enough time and when it does it will throw tire debris all over the highway, causing all kinds of problems for vehicles following the truck that threw the rubber junk on our highways, sometimes even leading to catastrophic accidents, including deaths.

“There is ample evidence that retreaded tires are NOT the cause of tire debris on our highways, and once you understand that retreads are not only as safe as the best new tires you can buy, but retreads actually have a LOWER failure rate than comparable new tires, you can then understand why it is a great idea to use retreads on your trucking fleet, whether it is a fleet of one truck or 1000 or more trucks, and by doing so you will not only keep more money on your pocket but you will be making a valuable contribution to the environment, because retreads may look round and black, but they are very green and are far more environmentally friendly than new tires.”

Now Harvey has of course a vested interest in extolling the virtues of retreads, after all it’s his job to promote his worldwide members products, but he points the way to a 2008 US Government Report which looks in real depth at the cause of those shredded tyre casings, the infamous ‘road alligators’ all drivers are familiar with. You can see the report here (.pdf download) and a quick search of the index will guide you to the relevant statistics.

For US readers the Retread Tyre Association is willing to make an offer which many will find appealing. Harvey will arrange for you to tour a modern retread factory near where you live so you can see for yourself how much care goes into producing a retreaded tire giving you the opportunity to ask any questions you choose to. If you are not convinced and leave unsatisfied simply email Harvey with your reasons who will then donate $100 to your chosen legitimate charity in your name. He says:

“If you don’t want to be one of the bad guys responsible for those road alligators on our highways, please check the air pressure in your tires with a properly calibrated tire gauge regularly, at least once a week. We will all be happy if you do. I love to talk to truckers and others who want to know more about the retread industry and I am always available to speak with callers who have questions or just want to learn more about how retreads are made and how they can perform as well as they do. My office phone is 831-646-5269 and my personal cell phone is 831-917-6449. Call anytime seven days a week. In my next life I am coming back as a trucker. If you call I’ll be happy to tell you why.”

To arrange that tour either phone 831-646-5269 or send an email to info@retreadtire.org

Photo: Tyre alligators from Cool Tire Swings.