As one of the essential parts of a fleet, drivers and their well-being must be looked after. By doing so, one can expect not only safety and efficiency in their performance and productivity but also safety and efficiency in the trucks they drive and maintain. Below are some reminders for the essential workers of your fleet and the important components that help keep their trucks running.

1.  Make sure all drivers know what the different markings on a tire are.

Many different markings appear on a tire. For example, a “P” symbol on the tire’s sidewall means that the tire is manufactured for use on a standard passenger vehicle. Other common symbols are “LT,” which stands for light truck, and “T,” for temporary. Drivers in a fleet must be wholly familiar with the Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG) System and the different grades assigned to tires or tires for trucks. Other designations or markings on tires can indicate tire type, construction type, aspect ratio, rim diameter, and width.

2.  Take note of tire tread patterns.

Drivers can survive road accidents and all sorts of extreme terrain and weather conditions with the help of tire tread patterns. The tire tread patterns were designed and manufactured for tires to dig into any kind of terrain (e.g., dirt road, mud, sand, snow) for better grip. The areas between the tread blocks are tread voids or tread grooves. Tread voids give the tire traction by allowing tread blocks to flex and move as tires come into contact with the road’s surface. Tread voids also allow water to escape when roads are wet. As a result, tires with a high tread-to-void ratio provide better wet traction and braking ability. Hydroplaning can also be avoided thanks to the water displacement capabilities of some tire tread patterns. Drivers in a fleet should be knowledgeable about tire tread patterns as they are important for facilitating better handling and safer driving.

3.  Check for tire bead leakage.

Sometimes, air can leak from the tire bead (the tire’s edge that rests on the rim or wheel). Tire bead leakage can cause tires to become flat over time. Have your drivers check if there is any problem with the tire beads by spraying the truck wheels and valve system with soapy water. If tiny bubbles start to spurt out, there’s a good chance that there is a leak.

4.  Look out for tire and rim separation.

A tire can also get an improper seal if there is a problem with its rim. Get the tire rims checked for rust, corrosion, cracks, warping, or other damage. Tire and rim separation is not something that any driver can usually fix, but experienced mechanics will have the tools necessary to take care of such damage.

5.  Watch out for flat tires.

Although one could avoid having a flat tire by regularly checking on tires and always driving safely and carefully, the road can be unpredictable and unforeseen incidents can occur. So if you experience an unexpected tire blowout on the road, remember to follow this short procedural guide:

  • Never slam on the brakes.
  • The vehicle should be allowed to slow down naturally as one steers to the side of the road.
  • Hazard lights should be turned on.
  • Changing the damaged tire should only be attempted if one is several feet away from moving traffic.

Flat tire incidents can happen anytime to anyone, so remind the drivers in your fleet about the importance of remaining proactive and vigilant when it comes to truck maintenance and safety.

Author’s Bio:

Frank is an energetic salesman. On his free days, he spends his time writing and reading about quality tires and vehicular parts. He says it’s because of his love for cars ever since he was a kid when his dad started teaching him about automotive parts.