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FAQs

Fitments

  • Can I fit FRT marked tyres to the front steer axle?

    Best not to. Bridgestone recommends that you only fit truck tyres marked “FRT” to trailer or tag axles and not on drive or front steer axles.
    See page 12 of the Data Book for more information.

  • Do I really need to fit winter tyres?

    Whether you operate in extreme Nordic conditions or in the milder climates of central and southern Europe, the winter months pose very different driving challenges. Which is why Bridgestone has developed a comprehensive range of premium winter tyres to safeguard the continuity of your operations in a wide variety of conditions: from extreme temperatures to wet weather to the challenges of ice and snow. You may also find that winter tyres are compulsory in certain countries, making it advisable to check local regulations in order to avoid financial penalties or the immobilisation of your vehicle. Click here for an overview of current legislation.

  • How much money can I save with Bridgestone’s Ecopia low rolling resistance tyres?

    Depending on your vehicle type and driving conditions, rolling resistance accounts for between 20% and 50% of your total fuel consumption. By incorporating the latest advancements in tread design and compound technology, Bridgestone Ecopia tyres significantly reduce rolling resistance, delivering fuel savings of up to 5%(*)! Calculated across your entire fleet, that can add up to huge savings which easily offset the marginal additional cost of Ecopia tyres. Especially when you consider their equally outstanding safety, performance and durability. Visit the Ecopia page for more information and to calculate exactly how much you could save based on your consumption.
    (*) Based on TÜV SÜD test results and internal testing comparing the ECOPIA H-STEER 001, ECOPIA H-DRIVE 001 and ECOPIA H-TRAILER 001 with the previous Ecopia range(respectively the R249 Ecopia, M749 Ecopia and R109 Ecopia, in sizes 315/70 R 22.5 and 385/55 R 22.5)

  • What information can I find on the sidewall of my tyres?

    You can find this information here.

  • Why invest in Bridgestone premium tyres over budget tyres?

    Because Bridgestone tyres will often save you more in the long run. Don’t be fooled by so-called “low-cost” tyres. Bridgestone develops premium quality tyres which not only put safety first but also take the total cost per km of your tyres into account. With tyres that offer outstanding durability and mileage, low fuel consumption, long tyre life, excellent retreadibility and of course levels of performance that ensure maximum safety for your drivers and maximum uptime for your fleet. Better for your drivers, better for the environment and better for your business.

Maintenance

  • Can I save money by regrooving my tyres?

    In many situations, regrooving your steel belt truck tyres may indeed be a good option! Performed correctly and professionally, regrooving can increase a tyre’s service life, save on waste and reduce both the overall weight of your tyres and your fuel consumption. To avoid compromising driver safety, however, it is essential that regrooving is carried out by a trained professional on tyres that have at least 3mm of tread remaining. A wrongly regrooved tyre can suffer belt damage and damage the casing. A damaged casing is not be suitable for retreading.
    Note: Even partially worn out tyres should never be regrooved!

  • How can I look after my tyres so they last longer?

    As well as maintaining correct tyre pressure, there are a few other tips you can use to ensure your tyres continue to perform at their best for longer. 


    1. Rotate your tyres every few months. Rotation can smooth out irregular tyre wear, extend tread life and reduce your overall replacement and/or retread costs. Follow the simple guidelines below to maximise the results: 


    2. Repair any damage as soon as possible. Check regularly for cuts, tears, scuffing and make the necessary repairs before they get worse. Also check for any objects – like stones or nails – lodged in the tread of your tyres as they, too, can cause damage over time and/or reduce performance.

  • How do I know what the correct pressure is for my tyres?

    There are many factors that determine the best inflation pressure for your tyres. The best place to start is your vehicle manufacturer’s instructions. However, the technical features of your tyres, the kind of loads they need to carry and the surface conditions on which you use them will also affect the correct pressure required. Bear in mind that it is the air inside your tyres that must carry the load of your vehicle (and cargo), not the casing! Underinflation will cause excessive deflection of your tyres, increasing wear, mechanical tension, friction, rolling resistance and fuel consumption. Overinflation reduces this natural deflection, potentially causing damage to your tyres or even a blow-out. When in doubt consult your tyre specialist for expert advice!

  • How many times can I retread my tyres?

    Together with Bandag, Bridgestone truck and bus tyres are able to offer the most advanced retread technology on the market. To get the most out of your tyre investment, however, it is important to look after your casings. Maintaining correct inflation pressure, repairing any damage quickly and rotating your tyres regularly can go a long way to ensuring a long service life for your tyres and multiple retreads for your casings. Naturally, the nature of your vehicle, operations and driving conditions all play a role in determining the retreadability of your tyres. We recommend that you consult the Bandag website for more detailed information.

  • When do I need to replace my tyres?

    To ensure the safety of your drivers and other road users, but also to maintain optimum performance and efficiency, it is important to replace your tyres or tread on time. Most European countries have strict regulations about the minimum allowable tread depth of your tyres. To keep your total cost per km down, however, Bridgestone recommends retreading before you reach the legal limit, to avoid damaging your casings. For more information about Retread solutions, take a look at our Retread page or visit the Bandag website.

  • Why is it important to maintain correct tyre pressure?

    There are several reasons! Chief among them being driver safety. But did you know that under-inflated tyres can also significantly compromise the fuel efficiency and durability of your tyres? Underinflated tyres have a higher rolling resistance and therefore consume more fuel. A mere 10% drop in inflation pressure can already cause an increase in fuel consumption of 1.7%. They also cause excessive wear to the shoulder area of your tyres. With 20% underinflation, your tyres may only last up to 75% of their full service life. In short, correct tyre pressure will save your tyres, save fuel and maybe even save your life!

Regulations

  • How do I know which winter tyre regulations apply in which country?

    The different winter tyre regulations in force across Europe can be a bit confusing. Which is why we’ve summarised the most important information in this document. Regardless of the applicable regulations and penalties, however, Bridgestone strongly recommends using winter tyres that are adapted to your specific driving conditions. Whether you operate in extreme Nordic conditions or in the milder climates of central and southern Europe, the winter months can pose very different driving challenges. In the interests of driver safety and operational integrity, Bridgestone recommends changing to tyres better suited to colder, wetter and/or more extreme conditions in time.

  • How long is Bridgestone’s warranty period?

    Bridgestone stands by the quality of its premium truck and bus tyres. Which is why all Bridgestone tyres are covered by a standard warranty period of five years (from date of manufacture). Our General Warranty covers any potential defects in both materials and workmanship that may become apparent over the course of the warranty period under normal usage. For details of our warranty conditions and more information on what constitutes normal use, please contact your dealer or Bridgestone representative.

  • What information can I get from my tyre’s label?

    In force as of end 2012, the new European labelling regulations are designed to promote safer, more economical and more environmentally-friendly road transport in Europe. The new labels indicate tyre performance in three key areas: rolling resistance, braking in wet conditions and exterior noise. There are 7 classes of fuel efficiency and wet grip: from A (best) to G (worst) and 3 grades of pattern or exterior noise. Of course, there are many other factors which can influence tyre performance. For the full picture, talk to your local Bridgestone specialist or click here for more info.