If you are in your vehicle for more than a short commute to work then you know the importance of having good tires. Unfortunately many larger companies don’t keep accurate records for things like tire changes, resulting in flats, poor mileage and stranded drivers. Using fleet fuel cards for purchases of maintenance and replacement items such as tires makes good sense for a lot of reasons. These cards can be pre-set by the fleet manager to allow the purchase of specific equipment, including the five top selling tires listed below.
There are several websites that list the best types of tires for all types of vehicles. Consumer Search reports that there are several top tires depending on what type of vehicle you have, what you are looking for in a tire and just how much you want to spend. With fleet fuel cards it is possible to limit purchases of items like tires to a specific dollar amount, ensuring that the fleet budget will stay balanced even if the drivers are allowed to choose from a variety of tires.
One of the perennial favorite vehicle tires for passenger types of cards is the Goodyear Assurance Triple Tread. This tire is good on wet surfaces, highway and city driving as well as on gravel roads. It is fairly good on ice and snow and is classed as an all season tire, ideal for use in most areas where there is a mild to moderate winter. The major advantage of this tire is the treadwear warranty which is an outstanding 80,000 miles. Not high priced considering the value and durability, this tire is a great choice for any type of fleet vehicle. Looking for these cards that provide incentives for purchases of non-fuel items is a great way to get terrific tires as well as a great deal.
For areas that have a heavy winter with lots of snow and ice the Continental ExtermeContact DWS is a good tire choice. It is also an all-season tire but the treads definitely give you an advantage in miserable driving conditions. It has a slightly shorter treadlife warranty of 50,000 miles but it is also slightly less expensive than the Goodyear Triple Tread.
Consumer Reports also does a great job of simplifying tire ratings. For light to larger trucks tires can be a huge cost, even if you do use fleet fuel cards for the purchase. Truck tires, like car tires can be all season, summer, winter or performance tires, it is really a matter of personal choice and typical driving conditions. Fleet managers may choose an all season tire for most vehicles but seasonal tires for those workhorses of the fleet.
Goodyear tires are again in the top two of most all season general road truck tire rating lists. In the same group you will also find the General Grabber HTS, which is also considered a good choice for limited off road work. For serious off road tires the Pirelli Scorpion ATR is highly recommended for gravel, dirt and all terrain work.
Finding the right tire and approving it on your fleet fuel cards will help your drivers in choosing the tires that are going to save you money. Good tires will help keep fuel costs down plus you can also look for perks on your card for staying with a specific brand, another important consideration in the fleet tires that you select.
Cameron Rochelle, “Top 5 Selling Tires Can Be Purchased With Fleet Fuel Cards,” Associated Content by Yahoo!