School Bus Fleet

September 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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42 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 Whether it's a feld trip or residential run, even driving down a dirt road, the Continental HSR2 is engineered to meet and exceed the requirements demanded by school buses, company offcials said. Firstly, the HSR2 features a protective curb rib to increase the durability of the side- wall against abrasions, thereby protecting the casing and providing a safer product. In addition, Continental-engineered Align- ment Indicator (VAI) technology is placed into the shoulders of the HSR2 to help alert bus driv- ers and feet managers to early signs of alignment wear. This very simple "early warning" system can extend tire life by al- lowing maintenance managers to take corrective action early and maximize the removal miles of the Continental HSR2. Lastly, since all school buses travel along a multitude of different roads, the Continental HSR2 features an innovative stone ejection system. This technology prevents the retention and trapping of stones in all sizes that can lead to stone drill- ing and potentially the loss of a valuable casing, according to the supplier. All of the features and benefts developed for the Conti- nental HSR2 were designed specifcally for delivering a safe, reliable and long-lasting product, company offcials said. "The HSR2 is EPA SmartWay certifed as well as having 23/32nds of tread, among the deepest in the regional steer tire market," adds Cameron Lawson, CVT channel coordinator, commercial vehicle tires, Continental Tire the Americas. W ith all the wear and tear school bus tires take as they travel a variety of roads day after day, features that provide enhanced toughness for long mileage count for a lot. Features that low- er operating costs and reduce downtime by thriving in the constant stop-and-go school bus environment are also a must-have, Double Coin company offcials told SBF. Additionally, "choosing the correct tire must go hand-in-hand with a com- plete tire program — tire pressure, axle alignment and tread depth," Kumho Tire company offcials told SBF. "Correct air pressure is critical to gaining the most out of your tire. Given the correct air pressure and tire program, you will not only increase the life of your tire but you will also reduce your fuel con- sumption." nicole.schlosser@bobit.com Double Coin offers two tires that are designed to perform well in the school bus market: the RT606+ and RT600. Both of these tires help lower operating costs and reduce downtime by using features that work well in the constant stop-and-go school bus environment. "One key feature required of a tire in the school bus market are unique tread compounds to fght off high scrubbing and the twists and turns that a school bus experiences. Also, the tires should contain sidewall casing protectors that block the effect of constant curbing occurring in this application; this allows [preservation of] the casing for retreading," says Aar- on Murphy, vice president at Double Coin Tires/CMA. The RT606+ is an ultra premium fve-rib regional steer tire. It was built to resist cuts and abrasions and perform well during the daily challenges that an urban/regional truck tire faces, company offcials said. The RT600 is a premium low-profle region- al steer tire that delivers strength, endurance and long-term use. It features a fve-rib design for pre- cise handling, lateral stability and superior traction. Early warning systems for wear-and-tear, and features that extend tire life and improve drivability in diffcult weather conditions, help school bus operators navigate tough roads and handle frequent starts and stops safely and effciently. BY NICOLE SCHLOSSER, MANAGING EDITOR CONTINENTAL TIRE DOUBLE COIN Tire Offerings Aim to Lower Costs, Enhance Safety The Continental HSR2 features a protective curb rib to increase the durability of the side- wall against abrasions, protecting the casing. The tire also features Continental-engineered VAI technology in the shoulders to alert drivers and feet managers to early signs of alignment wear. Double Coin's RT606+ is an ultra premium fve- rib regional steer tire. It was built to resist cuts and abrasions, company offcials said.

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