Truck Tyre Maintenance: Prolonging Longevity and Improving Efficiency


Commercial trucks are heavy vehicles, and they are commonly used to haul substantial cargo. Therefore, it is crucial to make certain that the upper structure of the vehicle is properly supported from beneath. The tyres are responsible for this task, so you should ensure that the modules are in good condition for ideal functionality and safety. Here are some crucial maintenance guidelines for truck tyres to help you prolong their general lifespan and even improve the vehicle's efficiency.

Proper Inflation

Proper inflation is essential in a standard pneumatic tyre because the load support is provided by the air contained in these components. You will achieve the best performance for your trucks by making sure that the tyre pressure corresponds to the vehicle and cargo weight. Ideally, you should check the recommended pressure for truck wheels from the manufacturer's maintenance instruction. Remember that over-inflation will reduce the contact surface between the tyres and the road while under-inflation will not provide sufficient support for the weight. In both cases, vehicle safety and handling will be compromised, and the tyres will experience undue stress, resulting in accelerated damage.

Alignment and Rotation

The vehicle wheels and tyres will fall out of alignment due to normal driving practices. Basically, this means that the angles of the wheels will be out of form such that the tyres will not be completely perpendicular to the ground surface and the wheels will not be parallel. This can affect safe handling of the truck because the truck will tend to pull to one side due to misalignment. Moreover, the poor contact with the road surface means that the tyres will not wear evenly. Consequently, the lifespan of the products will be significantly shortened. Therefore, you should have your wheels realigned regularly to prevent these detriments. Tyre rotation is also an important maintenance practice for trucks. This is because tyres at different positions support different levels of weight. When you change the positions of the tyres, they will wear at the same rate, ensuring a longer service life.

Replacement Tyres

Finally, you should choose the right replacement tyres to match your truck's driving conditions. If you purchase unsuitable products, they are likely to either cause handling problems and inefficiencies or they will fail prematurely. For example, you should evaluate the road conditions. If the truck only moves on standard highways, you can use all-terrain tyres. However, if the truck is used on rural roads, off-road tyres would be better. It is also advisable to install winter tyres during the season for better performance.


15 March 2017

Tires and Wheels: Tips for All-Terrain and All-Season Driving

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Holden, and I have been a lover of driving for as long as I can remember. I have taken driving trips across deserts and icy tundras. I have also raced on pristine roadways, and I have explored small dirt tracks through the mountains. The key to success, I have learned, is choosing the right tyres, making sure your wheels are in top shape and fixing your suspension. I love to write so I decided to create a blog on these topics. If you have questions, I hope you can find the answers you need here.