A tire retread is when you do not replace the entire tire on a vehicle and instead just replace the tread, hence retreading. This method is used on everything from school buses to emergency response vehicles. It is a viable option to simply replacing your tires outright.
An article from amoz.com states this:
“Retreads are also used by thousands of owner/operators, small package delivery services such as FED EX, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service. There is even a U.S. Federal Executive Order (13149) MANDATING the use of retreads on many government vehicles.”
So if the government mandates it is must be safe, and it’s also eco-friendly. Most major trucking fleets also use the retreading method. But to have a successful retread your tires need to be properly maintained so that they can be safe and effective after retreading them.
Maintaining your tires for retreading includes things like constantly checking up on your tire’s air pressure and being aware that you are not driving a vehicle that is overloaded.
Retreading is mostly done on trucks and not really small vehicles, but it can be a very economical way to get the most out of your tires. Of course, you still need to do the proper tire maintenance to get the most out of retreading a tire.