As a fleet manager, it’s your responsibility to maintain your commercial truck tires. This means making sure your current inventory is safe, durable and reliable. Many commercial fleet managers struggle to extend the lifespan of their tire inventory. However, following these Check List for Managing commercial truck tire inventory and simple steps can increase your tires’ longevity and ensure optimal safety and reliability on the road.
While commercial truck tires’ health is largely a fleet manager’s responsibility, teamwork can go a long way in maintaining tire integrity. Train your drivers to check their commercial truck tires regularly while on the road, including:
Consider having your drivers log their tire pressure and tread depth at each interval, as well as providing detailed notes on any signs of unusual tread wear, cuts, rim damage or other impending issues. Having clear comparisons at every step of your trip will help you identify potential repair needs before further escalation.
The best indication of your tires’ health is the condition of their sidewalls and tread. Even a minor cut or puncture can result in complete tire failure, increasing downtime and decreasing profitability for your fleet. You should also be aware of excess moisture building up around your sidewalls on winter-treated roads as this can cause serious corrosive damage. If moisture is found to be present, be sure to wipe it down to prevent against corrosion.
A tire’s tread is critical for safe driving on the road. Tires should be changed immediately if their tread depth is worn down to 4/32 of an inch or less. Moreover, each tire’s tread design should be identical for optimal traction on the road.
By outsourcing preventative commercial truck tire maintenance and repairs to STTC, fleets can better manage and extend the life of their inventory. With STTC’s preventative tire maintenance programs, retreading capabilities, and asset tracking, you’ll never have to worry about your inventory’s integrity again.
We’ll provide you with the detailed information you need for your tires. And when you need a new set, have them professionally retreaded or select from our wide range of top-quality brands and products. Discover how easy it is to manage your tire inventory by contacting STTC about our programs and services today!