The new Bridgestone R197 low-rolling-resistance tire from Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions is approved for use on EPA SmartWay-certified equipment and works well for fleets running CARB-compliant vehicles in California. It’s suitable for all-position use but was designed for single- and tandem-axle trailer and dolly applications in long- and regional-haul service.

The tire’s claims to fame are said to include an "innovative" casing and sidewall/tread compounding designed to promote lower rolling resistance for improved fuel economy. And the company says that holds true both when the R197 is new and when it’s retreaded. A shallow 11/32-in. tread depth further helps to increase fuel economy.

Bridgestone says the R197’s ‘Defense Groove’ design helps create uniform pressure across the shoulder to minimize edge wear and cupping. Stress relief siping along the rib edges promote even wear for higher mileage.

To enhance durability, the R197 incorporates tough shoulder protector ribs on both sidewalls to fight damage from cuts and abrasion from curbing. When one set of ribs is worn away, the tires can be reversed to expose a fresh set of ribs for continued protection.

The R197 comes in the 295/75R22.5 size with a ‘G’ load rating.

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