Bad wheels can bring business to a screeching halt
It only takes about five minutes a month to ensure that you and your fleet have well-performing tires. A move that could save you headaches and money down the road.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association
recommends a four-part check performed at least once a month, on all
tires including the spare, to make sure they’re operating at an optimal
To help you and your drivers remember what to check, remember the acronym P.A.R.T., which stands for:
A tire can lose half of its pressure and still not
look flat, so be sure to check your tires pressure levels at least once
a month, more if you are putting high mileage on them. Under-inflation
can lead to tire stress and irregular wear and tear, as well as
spending money to have them replaced more often then necessary.
You never know what the roads may bring – potholes,
sleet, a sudden stop for a stray dog. The road can throw your front
end out of whack, causing shaking or pulling. If you notice your
vehicle doing either, have your mechanic check your alignment. The
longer you ignore it, the worse it will get, and the more it will cost
Unless your vehicle has a specific recommendation,
which you can find in your owner’s manual, you should have your tires
rotated at least every 5,000 miles. Proper rotation will make sure that
you’re not wearing out the front tires faster then the back, and vice
versa, resulting in you being able to get more road and rubber out of
Take a good, close look at the tread on your tire
to make sure there are no extremely high, low or completely bald areas.
Tire tread helps your vehicles grip the asphalt, and worn tires are
worthless in inclement conditions. Rough, worn, or cracked tires should
be replaced before your next haul.
Remember, not only does it cost nothing to
check your tires on a regular basis, it could actually save money in
the long run. So encourage your drivers on how to inspect and maintain
their vehicle’s tires. It’s an easy way for everyone to do their
P.A.R.T. for the entire fleet.
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