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Don’t lose time by losing traction: 10 tips to minimize wheel slippage

There’s a good chance your fields looked more like ponds not too long ago. Maybe they still do. Either way, you’re probably fighting physics when it comes to planting this year. All of that mud won’t provide much traction for your equipment, especially if your tread has worn. 

Before you get into the field, use these tips to check your current tires to see if they’ll get you through the wet conditions without slipping. If it looks like you need new tires, we’ll walk you through how to determine what new tires are best for you. 

  1. How’s your tread depth? If your lugs are worn down to less than an inch in height at the middle of the tire, it’s time to start looking for new tires.
  2. As you shop for new tires, look for R1W tread designs. Their lugs are deeper than R1 tires, so they’ll help prevent slippage better.
  3. Consider radial tires instead of bias tires. Radial tires have a larger footprint, which spreads the weight of your equipment over a larger section of ground. That increases traction.
  4. When looking at tread designs consider long bar/long bar tread over long bar/short bar. The curving 45-degree lug of the long bar/long bar is better at self-cleaning than more traditional tires with straighter lugs.
  5. Speaking of self-cleaning, look for tires that have features between the lugs that help prevent mud from filling between the tire tread. 
  6. Check your air pressure. Many growers overinflate their radial tires, because they look flat when carrying a load. That flatter appearance is typical of radials. They're designed to flex in order to reduce slippage and enhance self-cleaning. Base your PSI on the load and application. Don’t inflate anymore than necessary to carry the weight and speed of your application.
  7. If you need help understanding the correct pressure for your application, contact a Dawson tire expert. There’s no charge, and we’ll walk you through the correct PSI.
  8. Does your application need IF or VF technology in your tires? These tires carry heavier loads at much lower pressure, which reduces slip and keeps the mud out of the tread. 
  9. Depending on your application, you’ll want to consider a wider single tire over duals. They often perform better in wet fields, because they don’t allow mud to build up between the dual tires.
  10. If you have any questions, simply contact us. Advice doesn’t cost anything and one of our tire experts will be happy to help. Give us a call at (888) 604-3404.

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