National Tire Safety Week is in full swing and we are back with the second part of our blog series on maximizing tire safety. Tires are one of the most important safety components of your truck, that's why tire care and maintenance should be a top priority. In Part 1, we discussed the importance of tire pressure monitoring systems and the significance of daily and weekly tire pressure checks. In Part 2, we will dive into implementing safety lanes and the various benefits of properly inflated tires.
Implementing Safety Lanes
Implementing "Safety Lanes" has proven to be an effective strategy for many fleets. Consider setting up safety lanes at the fuel island, where trucks are being fueled up for their routes. Safety lane employees can conduct comprehensive checks to ensure compliance with Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. These checks may include:
- Inspecting inoperative lights
- Detecting air leaks
- Attire tread and condition
- Identifying underinflated tires
- Evaluating the condition of brake shoes (if equipped with drum brakes)
The Benefits of Properly Inflated Tires
Maintaining properly inflated tires has a multitude of benefits for fleet operations. Here are some advantages to consider:
- Reducing road calls and unexpected breakdowns, minimizing costly delays
- Minimizing driver downtime, enabling more productive operations
- Lowering service costs, which can range from $500 to $1000 per incident, resulting in substantial savings over time
- Enhancing fuel efficiency, leading to lower fuel consumption, and reduced operating costs
- Reducing the probability of being involved in a crash, prioritizing the safety of drivers and other road users
Partnering with Tire Manufacturers
You should partner with major tire manufacturers to determine the best tire program for your fleet's specific needs. These manufacturers possess the expertise and resources to recommend the most suitable tires or retreads for your fleet.
National Tire Safety Week reminds us that proper tire care and maintenance are crucial for fleet operations. By implementing these tips and best practices, you can ensure the safety of your drivers, minimize costs, and maximize the efficiency of your fleet. Stay proactive, monitor tire conditions regularly, and work together with tire manufacturers to create a tire program tailored to your fleet's requirements.