Managing your tires is one of the keys to staying safe while on the road. Tire blowouts and flat tires are common problems, but they can usually be prevented with the proper maintenance. There are several ways that you can monitor and care for your tires.
Check the Tire Pressure Every Month
It is normal for the tire pressure to drop by one pound per square inch every month. The tire pressure may drop even more during the winter months. That is why it is a good idea to check the tire pressure every month. Under-inflated tires are the top cause of tire-related crashes.
Get Professional Tire Services
There are some things that you can do without a mechanic. However, you will need to get professional tire services on a regular basis. Your tires will need to be rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. The tire tread will also need to be measured. Additionally, your vehicles will need a wheel alignment every 12,000 miles.
Avoid Overloading Your Vehicle
You do not want to overload your truck. The more weight your truck has, the more pressure it will put on your tires. Overloading your truck can also lead to tire failure. You can usually tell if a truck is overloaded. However, you may not notice it until you start to drive down the road. If you are having trouble steering your truck or stopping, then your truck is probably overloaded.
Inspect Your Tires Before and After a Long Trip
If you plan on going on a long trip, then you should have your tires inspected before you leave. Small issues, such as a nail in the tire, can cause major issues when you get on the road. You should also inspect your tires after you get back from your trip. Even if a puncture isn’t leaking air, the high speeds you gain while traveling will rip the tire apart starting at the hole if not taken care of. This is especially true when traveling on hot roads with overworn tread.
Caring for the tires helps you manage your fleet and stay safe. You need to check the tire pressure and get professional tire services. You will also need to avoid overloading your vehicle. Additionally, you should look out for problems while you drive and inspect your tires before and after long trips.