There’s a reason that the English language has taken on the saying “Where the rubber meets the road” to describe the moment of truth in a situation. For safe vehicle operation, well-maintained tires are critical.
They’re also one of the most costly consumables in the road freight industry. If you’re an owner/operator, tires can have a big impact on the bottom line of your business. Here are some tips for prolonging the life of the tires on your tractor and trailer:
1) Circle check! Do your walk around, and pay close attention to your tires.
2) Maintain correct tire pressure. A tire that’s 10% overinflated will wear 18% faster. Tires that are underinflated will run hotter, upping the risk of sudden failure. Check them at least once a week.
3) Keep them in balance. If they pick up mud or snow, or debris lodges in the tread, your tires will become unbalanced, which causes them to wear faster.
4) Brake maintenance. Drum brakes are particularly prone to freezing on, and causing a tire to skid, which destroys it. Have them serviced regularly, or consider a switch to disk brakes.
5) Be careful off the road. Many loading docks, and especially construction zones and scrapyards can be minefields of tire-destroying debris. It can pay to get out and have a look before heading in. The rearmost tires on your trailer are particularly susceptible to damage, as they’re closest to the dock (and furthest from you) when backing up.
6) Be proactive. Tires can be effectively retreaded, but not if they’re too badly worn or acutely damaged. Be on the lookout for problems, take care of them quickly, and you’ll save money (and headache) in the long run.
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