Better Tire Selection Can Extend Tire Replacement Intervals
No one wants to replace tires any sooner than they have to. Here’s three tips for saving money on tire replacement.
- For longer tire life, choose the right tires for your application.
- Make sure every operator is trained on the equipment they use
- Make sure the equipment load matches the equipment capacity
Here are some common reasons tires wear out more quickly than you expect:
Rubber comes off in chunks
Hitting or running over objects. Faulty dock plates and uneven runways and travel routes.
Maintain floors and travel routes, keep them free of debris, and use a chunk resistant compound.
Cuts on the tread surface.
Skidding and hard accelerating on debris.
Maintain floors and travel routes, keep them free of debris, train operators to practice proper braking and accelerating techniques. Select a shred resistant compound.
Rubber breaks away from the band starting from the outside and working inward.
Overloading of the tires either by weight or lateral loading during sharp cornering.
Do not exceed the load capacity of the truck, and select a long life compound.
Out of round tire or the tire falls of the wheel.
Running into fixed objects or improper mounting.
Have tires professionally mounted, clearly mark fixed objects that can cause tire damage.