The success of a truck fleet is dependent on its tires. However, managing commercial truck tires is often a difficult task and can even become burdensome on a fleet manager. Among the many tasks required to manage its tires, a fleet must monitor the air pressure of each tire on every vehicle, check for irregular wear, and repair any punctures that may be problematic for drivers. This demand of various responsibilities can be especially difficult for truckers and fleet managers to maintain. A second factor involved with managing commercial truck tires is that many of the commercial vehicles that are used today require acute attention to detail and expertise, which many fleets may not the time for or the level of expertise to successfully manage them on their own. With this, a fleet will ultimately struggle to turn a steady profit if they do not have their tires in check. As you plan the processes of your fleet, consider the following tips for successfully managing your tire maintenance.
Outsourcing Your Repair Programs
Repair programs have always been essential for successful fleet operations. Advances in technology have also affected the way in which fleets manage their tires. As technology continues to grow and change, we are now seeing tire suppliers offer outsourcing options to truck fleets for efficiency. This not only helps to keep costs low, but also to keep vehicles on the road. Because vehicle downtime can be rather costly, many fleets are entrusting their tire management to outside tire experts who have the experience to develop a maintenance program that is customized for the specific needs of their fleet. In doing so, fleets can focus their attention on other necessary maintenance operations that they may be more capable of handling. This strategy is also cost efficient for a fleet because it efficiently saves the time of a technician by entrusting this complex task to an experienced professional who specializes in this role. A second reason to outsource tire maintenance programs is because of their proximity to the truck inventory of a fleet. With this, various parts and supplies needed by a fleet are dispersed throughout various states. Allowing a professional tire maintenance program to handle this task enables fleets to focus on other important demands of their week.
Ensure that Drivers are Proactively Checking Tires
It is imperative that truck drivers remain proactive when it comes to checking their tires. Although it can sometimes be a time consuming and daunting task, it is a crucial part of the job. One of the biggest hurdles that may fleet managers struggle with is getting drivers to check their tires when they should. Most drivers cannot accurately determine the PSI of their tires by merely looking, kicking, or squeezing them with their hands. Even if a driver is familiar with their vehicle, they should be performing weekly pressure checks on the tires proactively to avoid further issues with their tires in the future. Particularly if a driver has limited experience with a truck, they should perform these pressure checks daily. It is also important for drivers to understand the dangers of under-inflated tires, which can sometimes result in personal injury if left unaddressed. A driver should always alert their supervisor if their tire pressure is running low so that it can be pulled for repair immediately.
In order to get an accurate tire pressure reading, you need an accurate gauge. There are currently two types of gauges on the market today, including one for trucks and one for passenger car tires. Truck gauges operate at significantly higher pressures. Ensure that the gauge reads the pressure necessary for your tires. There should be a decal located on the door of your truck that indicates the optimal tire pressure of vehicle. If not, you may need to go to the manufacturer website to find the correct number.
Monitor Tire Sidewalls
Routinely check the sidewalls of your tires for damage. If there are any cuts, this may be a reason for concern. Many drivers do not realize that even a minor cut or puncture can lead to tire failure. Moisture can find its way into the into the steel belts and cause corrosion
Monitor Tire Treads
It is critical that all tires of a vehicle have sufficient tread. Under no circumstances should a driver wait until are threaded bare to replace them. Most maintenance providers will replace a vehicle tires when it has been worn down 4/32 inches. Additionally, it is important to check that the tread designs on all tires match.
Invest In A SLEC Mobile Column Lift
Need an easier way to inspect your vehicles? The SLEC 18 type mobile column lift may be just what your fleet needs to help with its tire management. This type of lift is ideal for lifting heavy-duty vehicles and are available in sets of four or six, which are rated at 18,000 per column. They are perfect for all types of heavy-duty commercial fleet vehicles. With this lift, you will have portable capabilities that will allow you to move it to different areas within your facility.
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SLEC has been a supplier of heavy duty mobile column lifts and accessories for over 30 years. We are the preferred supplier in the industry because of the high standards we set for ourselves. We go above and beyond to provide excellent service to our customers. We manufacture all our products in the US, and we are BUY American Compliant. Our heavy duty mobile lifts are used in fleet maintenance garages all across the US. Contact us to find how our mobile column lifts and accessories can help your maintenance facility! You can contact us here or call us at 800-826-3486. Also, don’t forget to check out SLEC, Inc. on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.