Truck tires may not grab headlines as often as some of the more glamorous vehicle components or systems such as brake-by-wire and collision avoidance. But product improvement is no stranger to truck tires — witness new fuel-efficient treads and the hybrid tire designs that feature closed shoulders yet retain discontinuous center ribs and deep tread depths. And there's the ongoing introduction of new tires designed to provide safe, smooth rides while holding the line on tire cost per mile.

Because selecting the right tire for a given application is still a key to any safe, cost-effective tire program, FLEET OWNER once again presents its annual Truck Tire Chart. It lists the tires and treads that each of the leading manufacturers recommends for 13 specific wheel-position and service applications.