Commercial trucks have many parts in which work together to create a properly functioning truck. One of those parts is tires; and without them, a truck wouldn’t be a truck.
Truck tires are something that every fleet must take into account when maintaining their trucks. These days, tires are becoming more and more expensive, which means maintaining and prolonging the life of your tires is so important in saving trucking organizations money. Luckily, regular maintenance will help fleets do so and ensure their drivers are staying safe while on the road.
As one of the leading trucking organizations in the country, our team at TransWood works hard in keeping all of our trucks maintained. Here are some tips all fleet managers should know that will help make your tires last longer!
Know the right PSI
PSI, or pound per square inch, is how we measure the air pressure within our vehicle’s tires. Running your truck at even 20 percent under recommended tire pressure can significantly reduce your tire mileage and cause potential damage to your entire rig. Every driver and fleet manager should be sure that their tire pressure is at the proper PSI. PSI recommendations can be affected by a number of factors, including tire size, load size and load type. Being sure you are regularly checking your PSI is one the most beneficial ways to help your tires last longer.
Rotate your tires
Another way to make your truck tires last longer is by regular tire rotations. Fleets should be rotating the tires of their trucks every 6,000-8,000 miles, depending on the age of your tires. Rotating tires ultimately helps distribute tread wear evenly.
Get your wheels aligned
Another thing all trucking organizations should be doing regularly is to check the wheel alignment on all of their trucks. If trucks are even slightly out of alignment, they often begin to unevenly wear out much quicker. If you notice your steering wheel is off-centered or more vibration than usual when driving, chances are your wheels are off-centered, and you should get them fixed right away!
Buy quality tires
Lastly, one of the best ways trucking organizations can prolong the life of their truck’s tires is by purchasing high-quality tires to begin with. High-quality tires that have been through extensive testing are seen to be more durable than ones that aren’t. And although cheaper tires may seem like a better option at the time, paying more for better quality tires will end up saving you money in the long run!
These tips will help prolong the life of your truck’s tires, but also ensure that your drivers are staying safe on the road! With regular PSI checks, regular tire rotations and regular wheel alignment checks, you can save money by prolonging the life of your tires!
TransWood is a leader in the freight transportation industry. To learn more about what we do or how we can help your business meet your needs, give us a call or visit our website today!
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