Tire maintenance for trailers and other utility vehicles is not only a way to save money on operating expenses and maximize your resources, but it’s also a safety measure for you, any operators that drive the vehicles and your cargo (which is especially relevant if you’re handling livestock).
Choosing the right equipment, following a correct setup and also providing preventive maintenance are all part of the best practices you should enforce when it comes to tire maintenance for trailers. This will allow you to avoid major expenses down the road and, most important of all, minimize the risk of getting into an accident.
Tire maintenance: 3 tips to get the most out of your equipment
Here are 3 actionable tips you can follow to get the most of your tires and utility vehicles. Remember that after all, many of your valuables depend on your tires, so don’t neglect them! H
Choosing the right set
In order to ensure the best performance, it’s important to review which model is the best for your needs, considering factors such as load range and maximum speed. Not all cargo is the same, so make sure to mention how you plan on using your equipment when purchasing it so you can get help from an expert.
Tire inflation pressure is crucial when it comes to performance and safety. Underinflated tires are subject to more friction, which in turn increases the tires’ degradation and chance of a blowout. Consult your manual or check directly on the tires to learn the correct PSI (pounds per square inch).
Tires can often suffer different levels of degradation. It’s advisable to switch them around from time to time so the wear and tear is even and the usable life is extended.
Other tire maintenance considerations
- Avoid mixing different models on the same trailer. Even if they’re the same brand the construction and design may vary.
- Wash your tires with water and soap and avoid any chemical agents.
- When it’s time to replace your tires, replace them all at once.
- Before a trip, take the time to inspect the condition of your tires with the rest of your vehicle.
- Avoid driving at higher speeds or handling cargo over the limit recommended for your particular model.
By taking into account these recommendations, in addition to those of the manufacturer and experts service to your business, you will be getting better tire performance, saving money and keeping yourself and your investment safe. If you have more particular questions about tire maintenance, please contact GR Trailers for personalized assistance.