Yokohama Tire announced that the new 712L long-haul drive tire has passed the industry’s required performance criteria for severe snow service.
Manufactured in Yokohama’s plant in West Point, Mississippi, all four sizes of the SmartWay-verified 712L – 295/75R22.5, 11R22.5, 285/75R24.5 and 11R24.5 – will carry the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol on the sidewall.
“Applying the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol verifies the capabilities of the 712L in adverse weather,” said Tom Clauer, Yokohama’s senior manager of commercial and OTR product planning. “The deep-tread 712L offers superb traction, outstanding wear resistance, top-tier fuel efficiency, plus tough, durable construction, making it an excellent year-round tire for fleets.”
Other benefits of the 712L include:
- Advanced wear resistance: This is attributed to the 30/32-inch deep groove for long-lasting life and traction, without sacrificing fuel efficiency. Plus, stress control grooves reduce contact pressure at the tread edge, providing increased resistance to shoulder step down wear for long, even wear. Additionally, a flat footprint controls ground contact pressure and improves resistance to irregular wear.
- Outstanding fuel-efficiency and traction: This is achieved by the fuel-efficient tread compound that was developed for reduced rolling resistance without compromising wear performance. Also, straight and angled sipes – as well as zig-zag intermediate grooves – provide greater radial and lateral traction. And, straight circumferential outer grooves allow for water evacuation and enhanced traction even in the worst weather conditions.
- Durable construction: This occurs via the funnel-shaped grooves that prevent stones and other debris from reaching the bottom groove, where casing damage can often occur. The 712L’s premium casing is so tough, Yokohama backs it with a 7-year, unlimited retread warranty.