FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has added a winter drive tire for regional haulers, the RM258 WDTM, to its Roadmaster truck tire brand.
Featuring an open shoulder design with four rows of lugs, the tire carries the industry's Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake certification for winter traction. The tire, which features shoulder notches and chevron grooves, comes in 11R22.5 and 11R24.5 sizes with load range H.
"This Roadmaster tire is all about traction," said Gary Schroeder, executive director of Cooper's global truck and bus tire business, calling it Roadmaster's "best performer in the snow and other adverse conditions for regional operators."
The tire features a new tread pattern and curb guards, coupled with enhanced compounding, to ensure overall performance around town, including when hitting curbs as well as while on the interstate.
A deep tread (26/32nds-inch), along with full-depth 3D siping in the lugs, helps the tire connect with the road for improved traction, the company said. Tie bars in the shoulders keep the tread from squirming and help with uniform wear. Stone ejectors in the tread grooves help keep small rocks from drilling into the casing, improving casing life.
The tire features a four-steel-belt construction, which allows for multiple retreads. It comes with a six-year, two-retread warranty.
Cooper did not disclose pricing information.