No matter the time of year, you should always be conscious about your tires. Safety, fuel economy, increasing the life span of your tires, it’s always good to be monitoring them and always inspect them pre-trip. The summer can especially be harsh on tires with the heat and storms. We’ve put together some tips to help you stay safe on the road.
Know the correct air pressure requirements and regularly check the air pressure to make sure the level is correct. This should be at the top of your list when doing your pre-trip inspections. Check air pressure when the tire is cold, prior to starting your trip for a more accurate gauge. If you notice the tire is having difficulty maintaining the pressure, contact the maintenance department.
Check your tire tread. A tire that has low tread depth is at more of a risk to blow out when it hits debris. If tread appears to be wearing unevenly, it is a sign of improper air pressure.
Before leaving for your trip, check out the condition of your tires. Listening for air leaks look for signs of irregular wear. Improper inflation, misalignment, failure to rotate and out-of-balance tires can cause uneven wear.
Hitting Road Debris
If you happen to run over or hit a big piece of road debris, do not keep driving. Find a safe spot to pull over and check for any damage. The side of the road should only be used in an emergency or if no other safe alternative is available.
Always replace missing valve caps immediately.
Make sure to look between dual tires to see if something is lodged or if you find any obstructions or foreign objects.
Maintaining your tires will help you stay safe on the road as well as help in avoiding citations, improve gas mileage and expand the lifespan of your tires. For more information on regulations check out the FMCSA and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s websites.
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