Commercial vehicle tires play a very important role in driving and must always be in perfect condition. To prolong its useful life, you must regularly perform maintenance, because its durability is subject to different factors such as weather or forms of use, among others. For that, consider the following aspects:
- Contact area
It holds the entire , absorbs possible obstacles and responds correctly to your driving moves, such as slowing down or accelerating. That is why it is very important to choose the right tire for your truck and trailer, make sure it meets DOT specifications.
- Air Pressure
Check the tire pressure before traveling, the control of the truck is directly related to a correct air pressure. Remember, even tiny breaches can reduce tire pressure, resulting in serious consequences, such as explosions or fires.
- Balancing of the tire
The correct balancing of the tires prevents premature wear and eliminates the perception of vibrations the steering wheel. It also protects the truck's steering, transmission and suspension.
- Wheel Alignment
A proper alignment provides the necessary safety for driving on the road, avoiding premature wear, increasing road stability during cornering and allowing the truck to move smoothly.
- Tire tread depth and wear
Regularly check that the tire tread depth is in good condition. This is very important for a proper grip and traction on the road. Consult a tire technician for a tire revision or change.
Check the condition of the valves and their components, because they deteriorate over the years.
- Rear Tires
New or retread wheels, which are allowed by DOT, should be placed on the rear axle to increase the control of your truck when abruptly braking in tight corners. The grip control of these tires is more difficult because they are not connected to the steering wheel. Therefore, check its condition and pressure frequently, especially when rotating, because there are different specifications of air pressure for front and rear axles and trailers.
You should be aware of any anomalies, such as loss of air pressure or noises. Take your truck to your trusted tire technician for checking the condition of the tires. If it is necessary to repair or replace them, the tire technician must guarantee you that he will comply with the following procedures:
- Dismantling, balancing, air pressure, parts replacement, assembly.
- Check the internal condition of the tire.
- Verify that the tires meet the legal standards required by DOT related to dimensions, load capacity, speed code and structure.