Semi-Truck Tire Blowouts: How to Prevent Them
Semi-truck tire blowouts are particularly dangerous because they can happen without a warning sign. A flat tire is hazardous, but nothing compares to delivering your load, and your tire blows out randomly. It is a frightening experience, particularly on the highway because you’re moving at a higher velocity as a tire erupts or bursts. Sadly, due to a tire blowout, the driver can lose control of the vehicle and cause a life-threatening accident. However, drivers can breathe a deep sigh of relief knowing that semi-truck blowouts are avoidable. Their top cause is improper tire conditions, which you can prevent if you hire Middleton & Meads. We can keep your semi-trucks in the best conditions. Here are a few ways to avoid semi-truck tire blowouts.
Reason # 1 of Semi-Truck Tire Blowouts: A Tire Being Under-Inflated
Truck tires without total inflation are more susceptible to becoming overheated. An overheated tire is more likely to fail, which could result in a blowout—the majority of tires blow out due to under-inflated tires. The solution is clearly to ensure that all of your tires have the proper inflation. Check the tire pressure each month. If you want to know what the appropriate pressure range should be, check the tire manufacturer’s load and inflation tables.
Reason # 2: Road Conditions
Large potholes and road debris will damage and weaken tires causing them to rupture. Drivers should try their best to avoid hitting potholes, if possible. You should also beware of road debris. The road surface’s temperature is also a cause. The best thing that you can do, which is a part of overall driver safety, is to watch your speed. When drivers move at a higher speed coupled with it being hot outside, in addition to the road conditions being adverse, they’re more likely to experience semi-truck tire blowouts.
Reason #3: Having Too Heavy of a Load
When you overload your truck, it’s dangerous for numerous reasons. For one, a heavy load can put too much pressure on a truck’s tires. If you want to avoid this, pay attention to how you load your vehicle. Never haul a load that is too much weight for your truck to bear.
Reason #4: Mechanical Issues
When semi-trucks have misalignments, bent axles, axles with too much flex, or loose wheel bearings, tires can wear out quickly. The most effective way to avoid this is to schedule routine maintenance checkups to avoid mechanical issues. If you’re not 100% sure that your semi-trucks are in optimal driving conditions, give Middleton & Meads a call today.
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