Myth: Rubber on the Road Comes from Retreaded Tires
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: There Aren't Any Standards That Control The Quality and Safety of Retreaded Tires
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 testing.
Myth: Retreaded Tires Are Not As Safe As New Tires
Myth: Retreaded Tires Can't Be Driven At Highway Speeds
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.
Yes, retreaded tires can be driven at the same legal speeds as comparable new tires with no loss in safety or comfort.