Keeping a truck running efficiently and safely is one of the most important things drivers and fleet owners conspire to do on a consistent basis. Maintaining the tread life of your tires requires a bit of effort – though it’s nothing that you can’t do on a routine basis to ensure safety. Here’s what to focus on when it comes to commercial tire repair.
The air pressure within your tires is important to maintain. Always follow the recommendations set by the manufacturer. This is the simplest way to extend the lifespan of your tires and avoid frequent commercial tire repair expenses. If the tire pressure is too high or too low, problems can occur, including a blowout. Keep the following in mind:
Blowouts are a common cause of accidents on highways. In 2019, 612 motor vehicle traffic fatalities could be directly linked to tire performance and function, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Keeping your tires functional isn’t just about air pressure. It is also important to rotate them on a routine basis if possible, with your specific tire. Tire rotation helps to ensure even wear, which minimizes the risk of one tire becoming particularly worn and at a higher risk of a blowout. Moving tires around properly to different axles or positions helps them wear more consistently and may extend the life of the tire much longer. Knowing which one to reposition where can be a little tricky based on how the tire is wearing in its current position and where to advantageously move it to extend it useful life, so you may want some help from a professional.
If you notice a problem with a tire, even if it seems insignificant, such as more tread running off in one area than another, it’s best to schedule a commercial tire repair or inspection as soon as possible. You don’t want to put it off, as that can create a higher risk for complications and failures. Early detection (because you’re doing an inspection on a regular basis) ensures repairs can be made early, often reducing the risk of accidents and extending the life of your existing tires.
There are simple things you can do to improve the condition of your tires, including:
If you need commercial tire repair or maintenance, we can help you. STTC offers 24/7 emergency road service, too. Give us a call now at 610-954-8473 or contact us online when you need trailer maintenance.
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