How to Select Proper Tires Based on Driving Application

For all trucks and their owners, tires are a major investment that requires a lot of consideration. Not all truck tires are the same – they vary in size, style, tread pattern, price, brand, etc. Knowing how to make the appropriate choice can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars on your vehicle, whereas buying the wrong ones can cost you double.


At GTT Commercial Tires, we have a wide range of commercial truck tires to meet your driving needs and business demands. With so many options in commercial truck tires to choose from, how do you know which is right for you? Here are some things to consider: 

  • On-the-road needs
  • Routes
  • Weather conditions
  • Load sizes 
  • And other driving conditions

The tire expert at GTT Commercial Tires is always here to help you choose the right tires to suit your needs.


Commercial tires are intended to operate with specific applications in mind. There are various tread designs, rubber compounds, and tire construction for long-haul routes, regional routes, urban settings, and off-road needs. For instance, if tires designed for long-haul routes are used in an urban setting, the tread can prematurely wear down sooner, requiring you to get new tires sooner.


Common Truck Driving Applications

  • Long-haul/Linehaul - Trucks that make runs that exceed 500 miles and run between 80,000-200,000 miles a year, primarily on highways. Tires recommended for this driving application should have high-speed capabilities and be resistant to irregular tire wear.
  • Regional - Trucks that operate within a specific multistate area that make within 250 miles and stay within 30,000 - 80,000 miles a year. These tires should also have high-speed capabilities, low noise generation, good steering response, and be resistant to irregular tread wear.
  • Vocational - Trucks that run in on and off-road environments that operate in aggressive conditions. Vocational trucks run between 10,000-70,000 miles a year. Their tires should have cutting/chipping resistance, be appropriate for dirt and mud traction, have good steering response, and have good traction in both on and off-road conditions. 

Commercial tires and their service applications and tread patterns can be confusing and overwhelming, but the team at GTT Commercial Tires is committed to making it easy for you. Our goal is to make sure your trucks are well-equipped to handle any and every operation you need. Let our professional techs help you with your next tire replacement! Feel free to give us a call or visit one of our three convenient locations today!

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