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What are radial tires, where do they come from, and why are they important? If you own or operate a fleet or commercial truck, radial tires are an advancement you’re thankful for, whether you realize it or not. Here’s why, from KG Truck & Auto in Glen Burnie, MD.

Radial tires are simply tires with cords of metal inlaid with rubber inside your tire. The point is to make them longer-lasting, more efficient, more durable, and better handling.  Needing a smoother ride? Radial tires cause less vibration and adsorb any shock by flexing when driving down the road. Tires of yesteryear were especially vulnerable to road damage and blowouts, meaning people spent a lot more time sitting on the side of the road. 

Radials have existed as a concept for over a hundred years – Michelin in France put them to use in the 50s across Europe and Asia, but they didn’t really become popular in America until the 1970s. Anymore, it’s sort of odd that tires are always specified as “radial” when you see them advertised…these days, 100% of road use automotive tires on the market are radial tires.

So if you're looking for new tires that are long-lasting and smooth riding for your fleet vehicles we suggest looking into radial tires. If your fleet or commercial vehicle is in need of routine maintenance or repair, we’ve got you covered located in Glen Burnie, MD, call or stop by KG Truck & Auto today!