UK and European haulier MDF Transport has clocked nearly 400,000 miles on the MICHELIN X Multi Energy tyres running on the drive axle of one of its Volvo FH trucks.
Mark Farrow, MD at MDF Transport, said: “We do a lot of work in the oil and gas industry, moving pretty heavy loads with a variety of flatbed, low-loader and extendable trailers. For our work we generally find the X Multi Energy to be the best choice. We have a set of 315/70 R22.5 fitments running on the drive axle on one of our Volvos that has just passed 386,000 miles and are still going strong. When you combine the life span of the Michelins and the fuel figures they give you, the total cost of ownership can’t be beaten.”
The business has recently added four new Volvo FH with I-Save tractor units to its fleet and specifies all new vehicles on Michelin tyres having found that they tend to last longer as well as reducing fuel consumption.
“When you buy tyres now, it’s so important that you look at the energy rating, because it makes a big difference. We take the whole process very seriously, looking closely at the pressures, the weight load index, and ensuring we are operating at the optimal set-up for the vehicle’s weight,” added Farrow.
“Getting the best fuel figures comes down to three key things: one, the truck has got to be good; two, the driver has got to be good and three, you’ve got to have really good, fuel-efficient tyres – getting all those ducks in a row will give you the right results,” he said.