Bridgestone R197 is a summer radial tire for medium-duty trucks, single and tandem axle trailers. It is designed to fit any drive axle and is aimed to maintain local as well as long-distance cargo trafficking. It features a long life span and has an American certificate for being eco-friendly.
The tire is peculiar by its low rolling resistance, shallow tread depth and special sidewall rubber compound, which altogether helps reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption, which minimizes harmful influence on the environment as well as results in an attractive cost per mile.
The tire compound is molded into a classic tread picture with straight grooves to pump out water out of the contact patch area and a network of crosscut sipes to enhance wet traction and increase tire mileage.
The R197 tire is equipped with special protector ribs on its shoulders to prevent from damage in case of accidental curb hitting. The ribs are placed on each side of the tire, which makes it possible to reverse the tires and use a fresh rib when one of them is worn.
Bridgestone also used its Defense Groove technology for the tire. It ensures even load distribution over shoulder areas, which improves sidewall wear resistance and makes the tire resistant to cuts and chips.