Tire maintenance can be one of the most frustrating parts of being an owner/operator. Ensuring you maintain the right pressure, don’t experience too much tread wear, and have perfect balance is difficult. Imagine if instead of self-driving trucks in the future, truckers might get self-maintaining tires instead. Unfortunately, that’s probably not going to happen, but there are a few things you can do to make things a bit easier.
- Consider a Monitoring System: There are several monitoring systems you can install near your parking grounds that may help you decide which tires need attention. The Pneuscan system by Ventech can help check inflation and tread depth just by driving over it. The easier you make things to monitor, the easier it might be to keep track of what needs to be done most.
- Don’t Forget Visual Inspections: Even if you are using an automated system, don’t forget to do a close visual inspection of your tires before and after every single trip. You’re looking for cuts and damage to the sidewall and tread areas. That can help keep you working harder for much longer.
- Choose the Right Tire From the Start: Not all tires are made the same way, so depending on what you’re doing, you may need to consider something a bit different to make certain they last as long as possible. Look at what you haul, how often, and total mileage over an extended period of time before you ever actually buy a tire, and only take advice from the professionals when it comes to tires.
To learn more about selecting the right tires for your truck and ensuring they last as long as possible, contact us today.