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Tire Safety Tips

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual International Roadcheck inspection blitz, which will focus this year on tire safety. The Roadcheck inspection blitz will be held June 7-9, 2016. CVSA says inspectors during Roadcheck will be measuring tire tread depth, checking tire pressure, checking to make sure no items are lodged between dual tires and examining the overall condition of the tires to ensure no deep cuts or bulges exist in the sidewalls. Tires are the number one cost of maintenance for commercial fleets as well as the number one cause of road breakdowns with over 90 % of tires related problems caused by under-inflation. Tips on tires as you complete your pre-trip of your tractor and trailer.

Check each tire carefully for:

  • uneven wear (could be under-inflation or indication of other issues)

  • cracks, bulges and other sidewall deformities

  • tread wear indicators

  • issues with cuts, pieces of tread missing

  • tread separation on recaps

  • rocks or debris between tires

  • listen for leaks

  • broken belts coming out from tire

  • foreign items sticking from tires

  • any sign of heat fatigue on the tire or the rim.

  • if you see a re-torque sticker, check to see if tire was recently replaced get the re-torque completed before you depart.

Ensure you get any issues resolved promptly with suspect tires, do not chance hitting the road with a suspect tire. Check your tire pressure at least once a week. Correct tire pressure will help fuel mileage which helps prevent blowouts, costs less money and gets you to your destination on time.


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