When it comes to commercial trucks, most drivers will tell you that tires are the most important aspect. When you drive thousands (sometimes hundreds of thousands) of miles per year, you are putting a huge strain on the tires. They are expensive enough as it is, yet those who don’t constantly check and maintain the air pressure on all of their truck & trailer’s tires spend a lot more money than what is necessary.
In fact, driving with uneven, unchecked, or low tire pressure can remove up to 75% of a tire’s lifespan. That means someone who checks their tires and takes care of them can buy one set, and someone who is careless would have to buy four sets in the same lifespan.
If that’s not reason enough to start, think about this. Low tires don’t just affect the rubber themselves, but they can damage many different components of your truck as well, costing you even more money and headaches in the future. Rims are even more expensive than the tires, and even driving a few miles on an improperly inflated tire can completely ruin your rims.
Finally, driving with low tire pressure is plain simply dangerous. When a tire is below its recommended PSI, the heat from pavement can cause it to blow. This puts your life at risk and that of innocent bystanders on the road. If you don’t know what PSI your tires should be at, if you need to buy new tires (or rims) from an authorized dealer, or if you have any other questions or concerns, bring your truck to J&M Truck and Trailer Repair where experts technicians will be able to ensure that your truck has safe tires, and they will give you a few more tips on how to get a long life-span out of them!