Is Your Fleet Ready for International Roadcheck Blitz?

Is Your Fleet Ready for International Roadcheck Blitz?

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced this year’s International Roadcheck dates as May 17-19 with a focus on wheel ends.

International Roadcheck is a 72-hour high-visibility, high-volume commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement initiative. Commercial motor vehicle inspectors in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will conduct North American Standard Inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers at weigh and inspection stations, on roving patrols, and at temporary inspection sites.

Shrader Tire and Oil can perform those important checks prior to International Roadcheck at any of its 16 fleet store locations in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Checking things like brakes, lights and tires is a standard part of what is called a DOT Check that STO performs.

Each year, CVSA focuses on a specific aspect of a roadside inspection. This year, the focus will be on wheel ends. Wheel end components support the heavy loads carried by commercial motor vehicles, maintain stability and control, and are critical for braking. Violations involving wheel end components historically account for about one quarter of the vehicle out-of-service violations discovered during International Roadcheck, and past International Roadcheck data routinely identified wheel end components as a top 10 vehicle violation.

During International Roadcheck, commercial motor vehicle inspectors examine large trucks and motorcoaches and the driver’s documentation and credentials using CVSA’s North American Standard Inspection Program procedures which are the uniform inspection steps, processes and standards established to ensure consistency in compliance, inspections and enforcement. Using the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, also established by CVSA, inspectors identify critical out-of-service violations that if found, require the inspector to restrict the driver or vehicle from travel until those violations or conditions are addressed.

A quick stop at Shrader Tire and Oil this week could get you and your fleet ready for the Roadcheck blitz.

Vehicles that successfully pass a North American Standard Level I or Level V Inspection without any critical vehicle inspection item violations may receive a CVSA decal. In general, a vehicle with a valid CVSA decal will not be re-inspected during the three months while the decal is valid. Instead, inspectors will focus their efforts on vehicles without a valid CVSA decal.

“We want every vehicle on our roadways to be in proper working order for the safety of the driver operating that vehicle and everyone traveling on our roadways,” said CVSA President Capt. John Broers with the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

International Roadcheck is a CVSA program with participation by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and Mexico’s Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation.

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day

TOLEDO, Ohio (April 22, 2022) – Today is Earth Day in the United States, but in the truck tire retread industry, we believe in celebrating the environment every day.

Recycling end-of-life tires is a major challenge for the tire industry and its customers. Around one billion tires reach the end of their useful lives each year. Recycling is part of a process that includes collecting end-of-life tires, sorting them, and giving them a new purpose. Around 65 percent of them are collected for some form of reuse, roughly 70 percent are recycled to recover their materials, and the remaining 30 percent are generally used for energy recovery.

With two retread facilities in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, Shrader Tire and Oil is part of the recycling process.

Truck tire retreads deliver huge savings to fleet managers and owner/operators and have a massive impact on the environment.

It is estimated that nearly 300 million tires from cars and trucks are thrown away by Americans each year, but the use of retreads saves hundreds of millions of gallons of oil, and millions of tires continue a useful life rather than being consigned to a tire pile or landfill.

Simply put, retreading tires conserves oil. The synthetic rubber components in a new medium truck tire require about 22 gallons of oil, but it takes only seven gallons to retread that same tire.

Retreading truck tires in the U.S. reduces carbon emissions by 396,000 tons, or 70 percent annually. Finally, nearly 40 pounds of raw material including rubber, steel and carbon black is saved for every retreaded tire manufactured.

Shrader Tire & Oil is the premier tire and lubricant distributor in the Midwest. With locations in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, Shrader has 15 truck tire and fleet service centers, two state-of-the-art Michelin retread plants and a bulk lubricant operation and a 24-hour emergency road service network.

Shrader Tire & Oil Turns 74!

Shrader Tire & Oil Turns 74!

Happy Birthday, Shrader Tire & Oil!

April 19, 2022 — In the spring of 1948, Jim and Bernie Shrader founded Shrader Tire & Oil in Toledo, Ohio.

A true family business, Jim and Bernie’s children Jim Jr., Gerri, and Patti filled roles in the company after school. In the evenings, Jim Sr. would instill the importance of values like honesty, integrity and commitment as the family sat around the dinner table.

The foundation and core values that Jim & Bernie believed in still hold true today.

Today, Shrader Tire & Oil celebrates turning 74 years old!

Goodyear Researching Dandelion-Based Natural Rubber with DOD

Goodyear Researching Dandelion-Based Natural Rubber with DOD

What’s the latest in the tire industry? How about turning dandelions into natural rubber?

Goodyear is collaborating with the Department of Defense, United States Air Force and other organizations to develop a dandelion-sourced natural rubber for military vehicles, aircraft and truck tires. A recent report published in Tire Business says that a multi-year, multi-million-dollar program aims to get dandelion-sourced domestic natural rubber to market more quickly.

Natural rubber is a key raw material in more than 40,000 products, used in mattresses, medical gloves and shoe soles, as well as tire production.

Dandelions can be grown in temperate rather than tropical climates and harvested in about six months, much more quickly than natural rubber trees, which take about seven years to produce the necessary latex required for natural rubber.

“Global demand for natural rubber continues to grow, and it remains a key raw material for the tire industry,” said Chris Helsel, senior vice president of Global Operations and chief technology officer for Goodyear. “This is a critical time to develop a domestic source of natural rubber, which may help mitigate future supply chain challenges.”

The NR produced will be used to make military aircraft tires that will be built and tested by Goodyear in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force’s AFRL at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

“We’re excited about this project, which holds a lot of promise for domestic rubber production and shows how bio-industrial manufacturing can help secure the domestic supply chain,” said Melanie Tomczak, chief technology officer at BioMADE, a partner in the research and development.

Joe Shrader Honored with People of Vision Award

Joe Shrader Honored with People of Vision Award

March 17, 2022 (Toledo, OH) The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness was proud to honor Joe Shrader and Shrader Tire & Oil this week at a dinner event at The Franciscan Center at Lourdes University.

Since 1985, The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness (PBO) has recognized and awarded select organizations and their leaders for visionary leadership and community service. The People of Vision Award event has become one of Northwest Ohio’s premier charitable events in support of PBO and its mission to prevent blindness and preserve sight.

As last year’s honoree, Scott Savage and SJS Investment Services hosted the event and presented the 2022 award to Joe Shrader, President & CEO. Savage asked that we join in celebrating Shrader and Shrader Tire & Oil for their extensive support in the Northwest Ohio community, including dedication to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and being honored with a National MS Society Cohn Hope Award.

“My history with Prevent Blindness goes back about 6 years through involvement with the People of Vision events,” said Shrader. “Having a friend diagnosed with a detached retina, and watching her literally go blind overnight, greatly increased my appreciation for what Prevent Blindness does in the community.”  He also emphasized that similar services are much costlier elsewhere and not always accessible.

“Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate is proud to honor Shrader Tire & Oil with the 2022 Northwest Ohio People of Vision Award,” Amy Pulles, President and CEO of PBO stated, “and we look forward to them chairing the event next year.”

Half of all blindness is preventable, and the number of individuals who are blind or visually impaired is expected to double by the year 2030 if nothing is done to address the problem. Furthermore, it is estimated that the economic impact of visual disorders and disabilities costs approximately $5.4 billion annually in Ohio.

About Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to 1,000,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. For more information or to make a contribution, call 800-301-2020. Or, visit us on the web at or and Twitter at!/PB_Ohio.


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