Truck, trailer and van tyre maintenance is a critical aspect to keeping your heavy vehicle running in peak condition. No matter the time of year, tyre maintenance should be a priority all year round. Looking after your tyres through maintenance and checks will ensure tyre performance and quality between services, saving you money in the long run, with well-kept and longer lasting tyres.
We always recommend performing a pre-trip truck tyre inspection. It’s quick and easy, and can avoid unwanted issues, like a nasty blow out or a flat down the road. At first it might seem a little tedious, but trust us, in no time it will become a great habit.
What to look for in your pre-trip truck tyre inspection:
- tyre damage (look for cracks, bulges, punctures)
- tyre wear (uneven wear, too much wear)
- foreign objects in or around your tyres (any items such as a nail embedded in your tyre)
- tyre air pressure (flat, or overinflated)
Keep safe on the road by looking after your tyres, and avoid unwanted costs arising from damaged tyres. From a dangerous tyre blow out, to reduced fuel economy through low pressure, tyre maintenance is critical to keeping your truck running safely and economically.
When we talk about maintaining your tyres between services, we have some top tyre care tips which will help.
Regularly check the tyre pressure
Regularly check the air pressure in each tyre to make sure they are inflated to the recommended pressure. Checking tyre pressure will help your fuel economy, the life span of your tyres and keeping your truck safe on the roads.
Regularly check tyre quality
Checking your truck tyres for wear and tear is critical to ensuring the longevity of your tyres, and ensuring they are running in peak condition. Uneven wear or damage of your tyres can lead to tyre failures, which can be harmful to your safety and the safety of others on the road. Not to mention, poor tyre quality can end up costing you significantly if you don’t identify it early.
Regular tyre service and alignment check
On top of your own maintenance, regular truck servicing, including tyre servicing is required. Tyre service and wheel alignments is a major part of your truck’s tyre health. A tyre which is out of balance can often impact the quality and life of your tyres, shocks, bearings and other suspension components. Preventative maintenance is highly recommended to ensure you manage prevent the bigger more costly issues which can arise. Wheel alignments provide many benefits, from reducing your tyre costs, increasing your truck or van’s fuel economy and safety. While poor wheel alignment can end up costing you more money in the long run.
Replace your tyres when needed
Damaged tyres will end up costing you more in the long run. It’s not only a legal requirement to have proper functioning tyres, but damaged tyres will also end up costing you more in the long run. Don’t risk it, if you’re tyres need replacing, get them replaced.
Perform pre-trip inspections on your truck
I know we’ve already touched on pre-trip truck tyre inspections, but we’re going to mention them one more time, because they are so important. Avoid unwanted issues, like a nasty blow out or a flat down the road. Check your tyre pressure, tread and look for any damage to minimise the chance of any tyre issues while you’re out on the road. Regular checks prior to hitting the road can make all the difference.
Don’t compromise on your safety, or the safety of others on the road. Keep your tyres in peak condition by following our top tyre care tips.
Don’t forget, we’re here to help you along the way. We service and maintain tyres, and provide tyre repairs and replacements. Call us today or enquire online to find out more.