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Bridgestone Bandag introduces drive-axle tread

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Bridgestone Bandag introduces drive-axle tread

Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions has introduced a Bandag-brand  tread specially designed for regional and over-the-road fleets operating tandem-axle tractors.

When used in the drive axle position, the new BDR-HG (Bandag Drive Regional-High Grip) tread promotes traction both new and as the tread wears.

"Bandag BDR-HG is a problem-solver for fleet customers who operate in a variety of weather conditions,” says Chris Hoffman, product marketing manager for radial truck and bus tires and retreads. “A year-round tread, BDR-HG offers excellent performance for fleets who operate in snow, as well as those who move between wet and dry climates.”

The BDR-HG features an open-shoulder, and full-depth voids and sipes, which Bridgestone says maintains a true lug throughout the life of the tread.

“Typically, when most treads wear, block edges become worn, sipes disappear and the lugs begin to turn into ribs, all which contribute to reduced traction," says Hoffman. "The new BDR-HG is designed to maintain its traction as it wears, keeping its grip on snow-covered routes and slushy terminals throughout its life, giving drivers the confidence to meet delivery schedules.”

In addition, the BDR-HG's compounding, deep tread and staggered blocks contribute to its long, even wear capabilities.

Bridgestone Bandag is a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC. For more information on the company and the new tread, visit

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