Tire safety is something that all truck drivers should pay close attention to, especially in warmer months. In the summer months, the intense heat and storms can lead to easier tire blowouts or other problems. Here are a few of our top tire safety tips to ensure all of our drivers stay safe this summer.
When a tire—especially a low tread tire—hits debris, it is more likely to blow out. If you do run over a large piece of debris, find a good place to pull over and check to see if there is any damage—do not just keep driving.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, “The minimum tread depth for a steer tire is 4/32 of an inch on every major thread groove.” A tire with low tread depth can blow out easier, so it is important to always check the depth of your tire treads. In addition, if the tread is wearing unevenly, it may be a sign of improper air pressure.
Regularly checking that your air pressure is at the correct standard can help prevent blowouts and help ensure a longer lasting tire. Some tires have problems maintaining air pressure more than others, so it is important to regularly check the pressure to ensure a safe drive. You should always check the pressure prior to your drive for a more accurate reading.
Another thing to regularly check is your tire condition. You should always take a look between dual tires to make sure nothing is lodged within them. In addition, during pre-trip inspections, check for air leaks, signs of wear, or anything out of the ordinary.
Checking your tires regularly will not only help keep you safe on the road, but it will improve your fuel economy, make your tires last longer, and help avoid citations!