Myth: Rubber on the road
comes from retreaded tires.
Fact: The rubber pieces you
see on the road come from both new and retreaded tires in equal proportions to
their usage on roads. Multiple Federal and State studies have proven this fact
and that most of the rubber on the road comes from truck tires and is caused
mainly by underinflation, overloading, and tire abuse.
Myth: Retreaded tires are
not as safe as new tires.
Fact: Retreaded tires as
just as safe as new tires. Adjustment percentages of retreaded tires are about
the same as new tires. Statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of
Transportation show that nearly all tires involved in any tire related
accidents are underinflated or bald. Properly maintained tires, whether new or
retreaded, do not cause accidents. Retreaded tires are used safely everyday by
ambulances, fire engines, school buses, and aircraft.
Myth: There aren’t any standards
that control the quality and safety of retreaded tires.
Fact: Yes, there are. Passenger,
light pick-up, and 4x4 tires are retreaded according to standards established
by the U.S. Department of Transportation and carry a code number (**) on the
sidewall indicating where and when the tire was retreaded. Due in part to the
standards established by the truck tire retread industry, the U.S. Department
of Transportation has not developed regulations for manufacturing retreaded
truck tires. The overall quality of retreaded truck tires has increased
dramatically in recent years with the introduction of advanced technology,
including the use of computers in manufacturing and non-destructive tire
Myth: Retreaded tires can’t be
driven at highway speeds.
Fact: Yes, retreaded tires
can be driven at the same legal speeds as comparable new tires with no loss in safety
Myth: There are certain driving
conditions where retreaded tires should not be driven.
Fact: Retreaded tires can be
driven wherever comparable new tires can be driven. The only restriction is on
the steer axle of buses hauling passengers.