Ice Road Truckers and Top Tires
We talk to Ice Road Trucker Hugh Rowland about season 6 of the hit History show and Matt Edmonds from TireRack.com
- Duration 15:25
- Date May 31, 2012
We talk to Ice Road Trucker Hugh Rowland about season 6 of the hit History show and Matt Edmonds from TireRack.com
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Welcome to fox car report Gary gas delivered a quick quiz what's the one thing every.
Car vehicle in the road hasn't come.
-- okay -- break out yeah okay you know it's -- done everything.
There's a lot of things cars -- come about what I'm talking about his tires a little later in the show we got Matt Edmonds from tire rack.
Dot com -- -- tell it's but the latest rubber for the road.
And the kind of testing that you over there they get to test is -- every set of tires -- world.
-- tell us which ones are best for which -- first in the studio somebody drives a vehicle -- more tires and just spent anything else on that you can't.
You throw in from -- -- truckers and you'll on history hey -- did -- -- great to have you buy an off season six hello we have charter before you got on the ship.
Well I -- do a nice roads since I was like gas.
Teenagers so I've been doing nice roads.
That and they threw for thirty years -- real life.
What's tougher due to show -- just doing the job without the she took.
Well funded news showed you are the jobs comes naturally so I guess -- -- showed little buffer you're used to the cameras and having been there.
Yeah I've been doing do in the the drive and on the ice footers and thirty years -- just.
Secular nature that's what they do for eleven guys move around -- little -- we're aware of what we're already on the season.
-- world burned the Manitoba ice roads that's northern Canada and -- read up to.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- From a mile we're gone now for weeks on end up -- there and there until four in the Arctic -- what's the big business this year.
-- let you all well we'll call it anything from.
-- -- in -- Indian reservations in you know just a little communities and when -- whatever they need it there but we -- anything from.
-- to school held an airport in there.
That they don't have they never had before groceries vehicles is heavy equipment.
Lumbered just whatever they need.
Can you got ulyetza can be -- -- in their 50s60s -- in there and ice is gone.
You can't get in there.
Heard it was a war -- winter this year so that actually tougher he has probably one of the warmest years on record I mean last year we had icicles hanging on for jeeps and -- room.
-- -- -- -- You know -- just a jacket on fluent.
It was so warm season we we're done about -- probably two weeks early this year.
So a lot of little didn't get in that -- the environment that we collection.
So what's the -- sort of conditions for you guys Walsh forty below is nice forty -- Is -- we are able the world 100% to forty.
Is -- I mean to anybody below forty below is nice for her for a little while.
And then if it could -- 2530 below.
That's that pretty decent career for all the -- to get what we need -- -- keep heroes of the Dodgers in the you know there's not just yeah I should deal with you deal with the Muskegon through school personal.
Soon -- that melts in -- through through your so you need to stay cool please -- is our great weekend.
You don't -- much recently actually fighting build a little bit but there.
You know we can't deal with lots of ice keep cool city you -- putting point 530 -- -- -- it -- not technically competition but did you keep track what you guys going you are usually you're the top.
As far as loads so it was not really -- edition it's just.
Business business it's my -- and I said.
You know you will have putting forward based -- these we can you get all -- -- -- -- -- you get in the -- ice melt some -- I do.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- people are off pretty you're pretty successful what what is the key is it not making mistakes or is there something you do that you're actually faster out there on the ice well everybody makes a few mistakes and someone can't be helped you know it just depends on.
On the on the road conditions and everything I've been my goal -- probably go harder than anybody out there.
I don't -- led them.
You'll find six hours sleep on my whole life so I don't need to sleep a whole lot when I don't -- -- keep on track and I like jealousy and sleeping -- But you yet you run a business you -- -- a couple of trucks that yeah I actually it's extracts -- -- my -- in this.
So let's that's when I do -- in the wintertime and that's what I do in the summer coming up next meet business.
So in the wintertime in my mind through -- in the summertime I ma am playing better than you hire what are you just goes experienced driver and -- -- just -- -- -- -- -- given to do it the way I want it done and then now.
That is on my way in the and they get nobody believed he did they learn on the job of -- yes it's a tight windows they're just do the work do you have an opportunity -- -- train these guys and -- get out there -- although I expect them is to have a class one don't know how to drive a truck.
And then I'll take -- mobile the ice and how to drive -- North -- in the what we're doing and know how to respect the -- -- -- they listen you get guys that say I've been going to be 2030 years and I know everything that's I don't need them guys are gonna kill summiteers themselves.
Now that the show's been on you -- more people want to go there just is that nobody seemed more work is -- oh definitely liked I mean.
Are you -- put ads in the paper and ads and radio and to get some guys to come on guys and troops now I get four -- read and easier just Lewis who got -- plow.
Yeah so it's crazy it's and then the show -- actually.
That I just went crazy over.
Recipes from the future this is toughest part for these you guys drive or just dealing with the weather in being out there on her own well there's a little bit of both I mean now lot of these guys.
Have been prevent them and then extreme cold temperatures.
When you're sure when -- new deal with snowstorms he can't see in the like the white -- -- -- Incredible can you can't see me we can't hear different things.
But dead then a lot of the Big Dig into it -- -- you know in the nation -- distracted here between the -- cracking it.
And that just scares me you know -- and everybody in the media Parker's new manager.
It did it did what you're doing your part I don't know whether I mean what kind of stuff right you can't bark in the -- for the got a driver often and they either fly out to NAFTA and another driver there whenever.
I'm you know I can that you California academy excellence and I am pretty good care how long can -- believe -- trucks -- there before it's tough to even get it back.
Where you can't even -- on the ice as it did it'll.
When you're on the ice.
Siri you're allowed.
A 100000 pounds on the -- that's when -- that's moving that's moving wait.
Well when you're sitting you'll you know 60000 pounds he can't softening -- That's the got to get -- -- and you know you know basically -- Susan -- -- A local out there you're -- out there's sort of thing you do but given the same money.
Is this something you regularly would you rather just be right on the highway there in California if you haven't paid the same on all I can if I want to be highly character idea because of an idea I never did like dialing -- and I just they -- -- But -- -- my whole life and that's that's gonna like it it's.
He -- your -- -- -- there's nobody to blame the Versa.
For any mistakes that are made its it's up to you.
Kind of vehicles you drive and we literally all I have almighty Eagles are Ford vehicles London.
Basically ordered from the factory for thirty years don't -- -- -- eighty sevens.
Trucks into any kind of cars sports go I loved sports cars and then they don't make any money from him and I -- -- standing in the garage.
Well I got done I mean might might pick ups they're all those who don't chipped up Simon and you know 600 horsepower and 150 pounds of -- and most of -- Who I've got that -- -- when they need there that big pick -- country were big ticket no doubt about that you.
Little tough to get around in the cars hey as far as the big rigs are concerned.
Britney its tires it's it's about a mile lawyers.
No idea I actually have dealerships that that in order amateurs from a year when alumni and a big not meters -- drama -- the -- And get refusal to -- special temperature grade that sort of especially I mean colder it is -- better traction he got so.
I get big millimeters in billion -- I don't Gina can refinements.
You -- -- for a good deal -- it about a alive because it.
If I can give players online and a good deal I definitely over the radio -- -- might have talked our next and I guess not Edmonds she's the vice president of tire rack.
Dot com that you get so big -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Well I'll tell you we we we haven't carried their -- players I mean there political support shipment until combined.
I'm also -- You know doubted that we really can keep you know UPS and FedEx championship and our players in particular -- not to vote.
He does do some -- -- up there what's your tires is -- -- new entire season where all the new models rollout is a kind of come out to -- your college days.
All of you know all the manufacturers her -- are always.
Focused on trying to get tired so what kind of ahead of the season and I guess worry in the middle of what you would call -- -- kind of music player changeover -- a lot of people.
Even here in the states.
-- on the northern part of the states.
Go to winter tires so quickly determine -- they're changing out the winner carriers back into their summer tires.
And so they're typically you're going to -- -- as we call three feet and tires and so.
Hell we we we typically keep playing he has such a time when many actually watching -- but.
You know cup colleague.
No one there doing what they're -- -- -- You know -- light truck and medium truck tires that they can blue -- in the fall something.
May -- have a test track right there your facility I guess you run just about everything you sell through that we what -- you looking for when you're at -- -- stars out.
We LA here it's really understand we're not tough because we try to do you determine what the best player is removed the tires we -- from -- major manufacturers.
All reputable tires we -- -- so we can understand the tires.
You know our business.
There's much more -- really has an online inherit their compact.
I mean we started you know well over.
Colonial almost over thirty years ago now.
You know we were known as the experts and understanding -- -- and being able to help -- people on the telephone that's really where we started end.
Really -- -- -- we have there was little slower still seems.
Actually sit on the phone I've driven -- tires and they are tell -- forever -- mean more we could recycle it takes weeks now we have well over.
A lot of people.
Drive on the tires were evaluating and when they get done they understand the tire actually can help match the collect tires.
To the driving style all of you know the customer as well as the other vehicle -- to drive on.
For typical driver not someone who drives you know performance style or you know and under extreme conditions -- how big of -- differences there.
From you know good to bad and these tires these days.
I'll tell you he -- I think that is noticeable I mean when you think about it vehicle.
Says the -- made the manufacturer you know would there be light -- per Revere her minivan -- car.
You know -- -- manufacture a vehicle that's reflective tire that is gonna work anywhere in the United States for virtually any customer or customers they have.
Tired you become an opportunity to really customize your vehicle let me ask those you know he put on -- not -- -- -- that cholesterol -- You know and that customers who'll say well you know got -- I'm going to drive.
Luckily -- only use -- -- -- so I don't you don't see entire give me some of political war quote give me good web performance.
You know and be comfortable.
On the highway I'm not worried about going -- -- former -- I mean that's one thing you can do to really customize your vehicle and that's why we -- there really is the -- parent and so you can take your personal vehicle.
And make changes to it really -- the tires.
You're a lot of -- green hires these days low rolling resistance but -- -- the grip just as well how how is that possible to these guys got going on.
That they don't lose any traction but yeah -- -- yeah.
I'll tell you the manufacturers.
Of -- filled with every generation -- to come -- I -- entire.
Is not simply Blackwell were reported and -- -- I mean it's an extremely complex highly engineered piece.
And it's everything from the bulk construction loans at end and the maternal to go inside the tire and the type materials using.
To really the black magic -- as we call that the rubber compound and if they do and and what these manufacturers have done it.
They've really worked to you feel great double play you know -- tire had low rolling resistance and -- very very you entire from a feel standpoint.
-- -- Let's fire the water no work -- -- conditions at the end the manufacturers have attacked sat him and taken on that challenge and -- producing tires that.
Are providing you know improved.
Fuel economy as well as improved well performance and is forcing college I mean.
You -- -- it is much as we thought at one time gosh you couldn't have a ball they're working very hard to give as much as they can the consumer.
And -- don't -- best I -- to drive a lot of sports cars but not a good chance of tires and -- get something that's -- got.
-- you were -- but that said.
He's one of these generally considered.
The best right now we will what's the best overall high performance.
Way you know how you end here I think it's it's one of those when you when you -- say what is what is it you're looking -- you're looking for truly.
You know -- -- -- traction in Maine you're gonna go to the track and get the most your vehicle.
Love the tire and and we just have do you want model for America event which -- -- great test tires.
50% of the competitors and out of there were running the pilot Michelin pilot -- sports.
That tire right now seems to -- -- the -- -- -- the market.
In that -- performance.
Really good the performance category of tires.
You know and they work they do work through all the way to end.
What's amazing is still to competitors -- that event over the course two weeks drove.
Just under 35 -- -- around the country and roads ports competed.
In -- driving offense on track so they were really pushing these tires hard.
Hum and -- survived and then performed extremely well.
Probably not ideal for Manitoba Canada though doesn't have given it to ship them out yeah I think I'm right I'm an integrated you know what went right off the ground up it made it clear Florida doesn't yeah I I had there was fire -- you know -- com thanks for joining us today.
Hero and I search truckers that -- June 3 bear the season Sunday night Sunday night you -- on history.
Hero and I surcharges bridge a lot of excitement there -- we think the ongoing appeal is is -- the danger or is that just why -- you know what to watch me work.
I think it's a little bit everything I think kids to danger middle school I think people just put themselves in the -- usually really like to -- alone when it concluded that -- -- -- -- -- -- history that's it for fox car report this week I got him I guess we'll see you next time on fox carport.