Commercial vehicles need quality tires to remain on the roads and make deliveries on time. However, several factors can diminish the lifespan of a tire as well as reduce its reliability. That is why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) collaborated with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) to develop several simple tips for tire safety encompassed by the acronym TIRES.
Commercial Tire Safety Tips
The above U.S. DOT agencies realized several factors increased the likelihood of tire failures such as pushing tires past their speed rating, increased front axle loads, and more. The following suggestions can help drivers eliminate most tire problems.
Drivers should check their tires every day and report any of the following to a mechanic:
- Foreign objects (i.e. nails, screws, etc.)
- Uneven tread wear
- Insufficient tread depth
- Other damage
Overinflated and underinflated tires cause uneven tread wear. It also reduces fuel efficiency, which adds up and eats into profits over time. That is why drivers must gauge their tires while they’re cold before any trip and make adjustments as needed. Checking tires after driving them can lead to inaccurate results and cause improper inflation.
It’s of critical importance that drivers only pair compatible rims and tires. Mismatched parts can explode, leading to significant injuries or fatalities.
Tires can only carry so much before compromising their integrity. Drivers should never overload their vehicles because it causes the tires to overheat and can lead to structural damage and outright failure.
Every tire has a unique speed rating. Drivers need to stay at or under this limit to avoid damaging their tires, which can shorten the tire’s lifespan.
Tires are an expensive component that require proper care and maintenance. Otherwise, drivers will find themselves replacing their tires more often than necessary, costing them more money. Improper tire maintenance also poses a significant safety risk so tire maintenance is an imperative element of transportation safety. To learn more about improving your trucking company’s safety, contact the experts at Cline Wood.
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