Tires are one of the things we all take for granted until one goes flat or experiences a problem. You might not pay much attention to your tires, but they provide the invaluable function of safely transporting you and your cargo from Point A to Point B. Tires deserve a lot more credit and attention than they get. They travel at fast feeds over various kinds of terrain while carrying thousands of pounds of precious cargo.
Take Care of Your Tires
It is time that you rewarded your tires for their efforts. Tires never ask for praise, but a little TLC can prolong their lives, thereby saving you time and money in the process. Here are 8 ways you can extend the life of your tires.
1. Check your tire pressure.
You should check your tires’ pressure every 3,000 mi/4,500 km to guarantee a smooth ride and even wear. Uniform tire pressure also saves gas.
2. Adhere to manufacturing recommendations.
Consult your owner’s manual to learn ideal inflation and mounting settings. Remember that the maximum limit printed on the tire’s sidewall is NOT the optimal usage setting.
3. Rotate your tires.
To equalize treadwear, rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles (10,000-13,000 km). If you are a commercial trucker, rotate your tires after every two loads to be safe.
4. Monitor wheel alignment.
If you feel your truck beginning to “pull” in a certain direction, get your alignment inspected. An improper alignment will quickly wear out tires.
5. Inspect tread patterns.
If you see any bald spots or signs of abnormal wear, take action. Get your tires replaced or retreaded to avoid more serious problems in the near future.
6. Wash out your wheel wells.
Dirt, mud, and debris buildup in the inside of your wheel wells can cause a bumpier ride and put unnecessary pressure on your tires. Wash out your wheel wheels–including the back/undercarriage side—whenever you have the chance.
7. Look out for foreign objects.
Rocks, sticks, tacks, or any foreign objects that get lodged in your tires can wreak havoc. Consult your tire dealer to know if it is better to leave these objects in the tire or to remove them. Sometimes removal can cause puncturing.
8. Get the right tires.
The first step to tire longevity is getting the right tires for the task at hand. Get tires with the right tread and weight-bearing capabilities to adequately handle the loads you will haul.
By following these tips, you will increase the life of your tires. In return you will save the time and money that you would spend on tire replacement.
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