Many drivers give their tires a good kick in the tread early in the morning to gauge the condition of the tire. Although this is not enough, but it is still better than not doing any check at all because at least the driver would know whether the tire still has air or not. While the National Tire safety week is ongoing here in the U.S it is time to remind drivers and fleet owners that they should run regular tire maintenance checks on their tires because tires do not run on wishes and prayers. At the beginning and end of a driving shift drivers should attempt to physically do an inspection of their tires and fleets are obligated to make sure that these is done because the tires are expensive assets. Despite these reminders, many tires still come off the road during trips because these maintenance checks are not carried out regularly. When blowouts of tires occur on the road, it causes a lot of trouble for the driver and other road users as well as become debris to be on the road. Also, the fleet is sure going to lose about some thousands of dollars from the tire blowout and the driver loses about two to three hours of his working period before the tires are fixed. This calamity would have been prevented if the drivers and fleets just spent about fifteen to twenty minutes each morning doing maintenance checks.
- Tire pressure should be checked on a weekly basis, if not more frequently.
- On drive and trailer tires, the tread should be at least 2/32 of an inch deep, and for steer tires the depth should be 4/32 of an inch.
- Drivers are often reluctant to use unpaid time to inspect tires, so they need to be reminded that a road failure will cost them time and pay.
“It has been reported that about 80% of roadside tire failures are a direct result of creeping air loss.”