Tire Facts

Some little known facts about tires and their proper care.

Saves time = Labor costs

An average 18-wheel tractor-trailer could easily take 30 minutes to check the pressure of each tire and add air to two or three of the tires. Most fleet maintenance departments ask operators to check tire pressures daily or weekly. If operators check tires only weekly, the total annual labor would be approximately 25 hours (0.5 hours/inspection 52 inspections). At $25/hour, the cost would total $625.00 annually in tire inspection costs.

Proper Tire Pressure Increases Tire Life, But there is more!

In addition to wasting fuel, under-inflated tires are more likely to fail. They build up excess heat at speed causing the tire to fail and come flying off in pieces. When this happens large chunks of rubber tread litter the highways causing a safety problem for other drivers. The casing is also rendered useless and must be replaced, usually at great cost. A road service can be extremely costly and $1,000.00 may be a conservative estimate when considering not just the tire cost, but lost production, road service, lost wages, damaged image from having your truck on the side of the road, broken down. Plus many times symmetry of the tires must be maintained requiring replacing the blown tire and its pair. Yes it can be expensive. 

Dual tire axles present a unique challenge in another way. If the inner tire is under inflated by only 5 PSI., its circumference can be lessened by 5/16" or more. It doesn't sound like much until you realize that low tire is being dragged 13 feet for each mile the fully inflated tire rolls. In a year a truck may travel 125,000 miles. That low tire will have been dragged for over 300 miles. Of course it would never make it the whole 300 miles. Which is why you see the highways littered with blown apart tires. The dragging tire builds up tremendous heat and finally comes apart. Plus, the fully inflated tire has been made to bear more than a fair share of the load, which also builds up heat and further reduces its life expectancy.

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