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The Significance of Wheels & Tires for Trailers

It is essential to understand that wheels and tires play a critical role in the proper functioning of a trailer. Without them, towing becomes impossible, and the load will just be dragged behind your vehicle. While wheels may seem like a simple concept, it is important to note that not all tires are created equal. Automotive and trailer tires have different purposes and require unique considerations.

Automotive tires are designed to handle weight and provide traction required for powered revolution and steering. They are placed on steering and drive axles. On the other hand, trailers do not have motorized wheels, and most lack brakes or steering capabilities.

When searching for new tires, it can be overwhelming to consider all the tire options and the technical language used by tire salespeople and experts. Alternatively, you may want to have a better understanding of your current tires and the significance of the markings on their sidewalls. The uniform tire quality grading (UTQG) system provides a grade for passenger car tires, which can be found on the NHTSA website. The UTQG rating provides you with two critical pieces of information:

Tread Wear: This rating is based on tire performance in government-controlled test conditions, where the tread is analyzed. A higher number indicates a longer expected tread life, although it is important to note that actual tread life can vary based on driving conditions and speed. Traction: Tire traction is rated A, AA, B, or C, with AA being the highest rating. This rating reflects the tire's ability to stop a vehicle on wet concrete or asphalt. It does not consider the tire's cornering ability. According to NHTSA, the Radial ATX II and Firestone Wilderness AT tires have a traction rating of B.

In summary, wheels and tires are crucial components of trailers that require careful consideration when purchasing or maintaining them. It is vital to select the appropriate tires for your trailer to ensure optimal performance and safety on the road. If you require new tires or mags for your Audi or VW, please contact Drew’s Auto Spares for more information.

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