Sometimes, it’s easy to overlook tires among the many priorities of your job on the road. Tires are one of the most important parts of your truck. If something goes wrong with them, it can literally stop you in your tracks. But it can be tricky to know how to take care of your tires outside of keeping them inflated and watching out for flats.
Watch for Wear
Make sure that you check your tires regularly for signs of damage, like small slashes or bulges in the sidewall, that may signal it’s time for a tire change. Also, put a coin in your treads to measure how much they have worn down. Usually, if the treads sit lower than the face of the coin then they have lost their traction. When in doubt, you can always ask a trusted mechanic if it’s time to replace your tires.
The right amount of air to put in your tires can be a controversial subject. However, over inflation and under inflation are equally harmful. The best thing you should do is stay as close as possible to the psi number that is on the tire’s sidewall. Since tires lose air pressure over time, you should check your tire pressure once a month with a tire gauge to know when it’s time to reinflate them. The best times to check is after your truck has been parked for about an hour so that the tires had time to cool down.
Safe driving benefits everyone, including your tire health. Maintaining the speed limit will reduce the amount of wear on your treads, as well as limiting the number of sudden stops, starts, and turns. Also, be careful to avoid clipping the curb on turns, which is one of the quickest ways to damage your tires.
Get Your Tires Serviced at Baltimore Freightliner
Make sure your tires are in working order by visiting Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star. You can call toll-free at 800-832-7278 or locally at 410-685-4474 or email us your questions and concerns . Does your truck need repair, maintenance, or service? Contact our service manager, Jessica Levine.
Since 1986, Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star has provided top quality service for the trucking industry. Whether you need to purchase specialized truck parts from our expansive inventory, grow your fleet with our selection of top-tier trucks, or have your company’s trucks serviced or repaired, Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star is the best choice in trucking. Become one of our many satisfied customers today!