Winters provide for some of the toughest conditions for truck drivers. You go from roads that are quite simple to maneuver to snowy and icy roads that are very slippery and can easily cause accidents. The pure weight of the whole rig makes it very important to have sufficient winter tires so that the truck can be stopped if needed and not act as a gliding projectile on a slippery road. Where there is very little grip to be had. Basically any vehicle that drives on roads during the wintertime in areas that will have winter weather should have winter tires. It is just common sense.
To have the best grip during harsh winter conditions, where the roads are snow filled you will need winter approved commercial tires, which have passed the stringent tests associated with winter tires. They will if they are approved have a symbol depicting a mountain ridge with 3 peaks with a snowflake symbol inside. This is often referred to as the 3PMSF symbols (3–peak mountain snowflake). If you have these mounted on all positions of your truck you will be able to drive safely in winter conditions.
It is not only the safety of the goods that is being transported; it is also the safety of the driver of the truck and other drivers on the road around the truck. Trying to stop a heavy truck without proper tires on icy roads will need a very long braking distance. Summer tires do not have the winter grip to provide grip on winter surfaces and the tires tend to get hard at temperatures close to freezing, since the rubber compound is not optimized for winter conditions.
So for regional truck tires and long haul truck tires you will need the combination of excellent grip in all weathers, both summer and winter conditions. You will need low rolling resistance so that you can keep fuel costs and wear of the tires at a low level. Tires with good wear resistance, will provide you with longer service hours and less tire related problems. You want to avoid delays caused by tire related problems. These problems can be quite costly as the can require emergency repairs by the road, accidents and costly delays with penalties.
So be prepared and apply proper tire maintenance and equip the rig with proper tires for the season and weather conditions that you plan to face while doing the deliveries. Tire maintenance should be done often enough to avoid unscheduled problems. During the inspection the tire pressure should be check and tires should filled to the recommended tire pressure. The tread depth should be checked to ensure that they are in the recommended depth level. Any possible damages to the tires should be checked and evaluated to see if you can still operate safely with those tires or if they need to be repaired or replaced. With these things working on a satisfactory level, your transport business should have all the things in place to become profitable.