Trucking tire wear and tear
Fleet managers know that tire depreciation can negatively impact profitability. Replacement tires alone are the second-largest operating expense for fleets.
The TIA-certified tire technicians at Rhino understand how to get the most out of your tire life. We’ve developed ten helpful tips for extending the life of your commercial trucking tires.
Commercial Truck Tire Maintaining Proper Inflation
Inflation pressure is directly related to the rate of tire depreciation. Make sure your drivers perform pre-trip inspections with weekly or daily air-pressure checks, depending on the length of their route and daily driving behavior.
Pressure to Load Ratio
To get the best tire performance, you need to ensure proper inflation pressure for the load with which you’re traveling. You can determine the right air pressure for your commercial trucking tires by gathering information on your fleet’s axle loads and comparing those to online charts available on most tire companies’ websites.
Slow Your Roll
Traveling at higher speeds increases the heat on your tires, causing them to wear out faster than necessary. In fact, Goodyear data shows that when drivers increase their speed from 55 mph to 75 mph, they reduce total tread mileage by 20% or more.
Train Your Fleet
Aggressive driving and braking can produce excess wear and tear, not only on tires but on more serious mechanical components. Don’t let high demand on your deliveries ultimately increase your spend on maintenance and replacement parts.
Then Train Them Some More
Your drivers should also check their tire tread regularly to catch premature and irregular wear before it escalates. Have them perform routine checks visually or by feeling for irregularities with their hands.
Matching and Replacing
Be sure that when you do replace a tire that it matches or is as similar as possible in tread wear to the existing tire across from it in the same position. If not the tire with a deeper tread depth will wear prematurely due to excessive scrubbing.
Rotating your truck tires allows them to wear evenly by bringing tires from the back up front and vice versa.
Maximize Your Retreads
A tire can be retreaded up to three, sometimes even four times and still work great. This is a cost-effective way to both extend tire life and maximize your fleet budget while operating safely.
Don’t Neglect Inside Duals
The inside car tires on dual assemblies are prone to being neglected because they’re more difficult to check for proper inflation. Give your inside duals some love by checking on them regularly.
Know Your Expenses
A recent study revealed that many fleet managers aren’t understanding the reality of their expenses. Make sure you know all the metrics related to tire depreciation as these can have important implications for other aspects of operations, such as fuel economy.