A road haulage firm is seeing significant benefits from the introduction of new Michelin tyres to the vehicles in its distribution fleet.
Northallerton-based Prestons of Potto says it has been very impressed by the results since switching to Michelin's larger XDN2 Grip drive tyres.
The company chose to move from 295/80 R22.5 drive axle tyres to larger 315/80 R22.5 fitments instead, with the best-performing vehicle in a 20-strong trial reaching 524,137 km before the tyres needed replacing.
This is the equivalent of 390 journeys from Land's End to John O'Groats and fleet engineer Paul Barker was so impressed, he said that he struggled to believe they were actually still the original tyres.
"I saw the truck in our workshop shortly after it had passed the half a million kilometres barrier," he said. "The tyre performance was so remarkable I double checked our records, and the manufacturing date on the sidewalls, to make sure these were the same tyres."
He said that the company has been using Michelin tyres for years so is used to high quality standards, but said that the impact of the new tyres was "particularly notable".
Typically, it is able to get around 380,000 to 400,000 km of life from its 295/80 R22.5 XDN2 Grips, with the larger size offering a 25 per cent boost in tyre life.
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