Every responsible driver makes a pre-trip inspection of their tractor and trailer. It’s especially important to ensure that every tire is properly inflated. Doing so is a basic safety measure and will save you money.
The price of diesel fuel continues to increase, while lowering profit margins. Properly inflated tires will make a significant difference in fuel consumption. If your tires are underinflated, they create increased drag and resistance. It requires more power, and therefore fuel, to move the load.
Underinflated tires are unsafe. The tires present less surface to the road, which reduces traction and handling ability. It will take you longer than usual to stop, while skidding and sliding is a real concern.
A Simple Solution
Installing a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) provides drivers with real time readings. Drivers are kept informed if pressure drops too low or is too high. It’s also an early warning system that there may be a problem with a specific tire and it needs to be replaced.
Regular Maintenance is Critical
Even with a TPMS, it’s essential that tires be checked for wear, that they’re properly aligned, and rotated regularly. Worn or damaged tires can also increase drag, resistance and the use of additional fuel.
Properly inflated tires give drivers the maximum amount of control over their tractor-trailer rigs. They grip the road better on turns, hills and ramps. Drivers never know when they’ll need to abruptly hit the brakes. Few ordinary motorists realize the distance required for a semi-truck to stop or even slow down and many don’t allow trucks enough space.
All Tires Aren’t the Same
Most drivers select all-purpose tires for their trucks and trailers. However, there are also specific types of tires. They typically cost more, but they may perform better for the range of hauling being done and can outlast other types. Ultimately, the goal is safety.
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