03 Mar Are Your Tires Ready for Warm Weather?
Warm weather is finally is here. Warmer temperatures will demand additional focus your tires. Proper tire inflation, sufficient tread depth and the general overall condition of your tires are increasingly important as the outside temperatures begin to rise. Ensuring your tires are properly inflated is one of the most important things you can do in order to have a safe and smooth ride. Good tire maintenance will help prevent tire failure.
Any tire with an internal air pressure that is 20% less than the manufacturer’s recommendation, should be placed out of service until a qualified tire technician can evaluate the tire and make necessary repairs. Essentially, under-inflated tires concentrate the weight of your vehicle and its load on the tread under the sidewalls, instead of distributing it evenly throughout the tire. What that means is that the sidewall is being squished and can become very hot due to increased friction, posing additional risks. Eventually a tire that is significantly under-inflated can blow out from the added stress and the heat that builds up from the friction and added heat of the roadway.
Over-inflation can be similarly dangerous. Over inflated tires are problematic. An over inflated tire prevents the tire from having maximum tread contact with the road. With less tread contact, you will have less traction, less traction means you will have an increased stopping distance. With the hotter temperatures quickly approaching, let’s check our tires now. Check your tire pressure, with an air pressure gauge at least once each week. Daily pressure checks could be advisable in some scenarios. Don’t forget while your checking pressure, you should also check tread depth, uneven wear patterns, and look for bulges or cuts in the sidewall. All of these are things could lead to a blowout.
It’s easy to argue that tires are the most complex, most important, least understood, least appreciated and least maintained component on any vehicle. Serious drivers will tell you they know that already.
Let’s all do our part; check our tires on a regular basis, and frequently enough to ensure that we have the safest tires possible on the road. Let’s make 2017 a year for zero injuries and zero property loss due to blowouts.
This isn’t just for trucks in the field. All drivers of all company vehicles should be checking their tires regularly. You should practice tire safety on your personal vehicle as well. Make sure your love ones know how to keep their tires in top shape also.