Between the pressure of heavy or uneven loads and the stress of different road conditions and terrain driving from Lafayette to destinations across the United States, your trailer tires experience a lot of wear and tear. Extending the life of your tires will not only help save you money, but they will help reduce the chances of breaking down on the side of the road. Here are some tips to help your tires last a long time.
1. Keep Your Tires At Proper Inflation Levels
One of the biggest things that not only impacts the life of your tires, but the overall performance of your trailer is the inflation pressure. You want to check your tire pressure very routinely. The best way to check your tire pressure is by using the information on the tire load chart and your actual axle loads. You will also want to consider whether you operate at high or low speeds and make the necessary adjustments.
2. Monitor Leakage
All tires have a normal amount of leakage. This leakage is usually through the valve caps or micro punctures on your tire. These small leaks over time can reduce your inflation pressure. So it’s a good idea to have your pressure checked at least weekly to manage these small leaks. Tracking this leakage amount can also help you determine if there is a larger than normal amount of leakage, a sign of a bigger problem.
3. Slow Down
Although many of us are on a deadline, the higher your speed, the more wear and tear on your tires. Just reducing your top speed a few mph can keep your tires lasting longer and won’t make a huge impact on your timeline. This will also help you keep your fuel costs low, which is critical when driving long hauls from Lafayette across the country.
4. Maintain Your Vehicle Alignment
Vehicle alignment is important to ensure that the wear and tear of your tires are evenly distributed. If your vehicle is not running straight ahead, it will cause tires in one area to wear faster than the rest. If the alignment is straight, your tires will last longer. If you notice uneven wear on your tires, you should have your alignment checked right away. It’s a good idea to track your wear patterns as they can also show other mechanical issues.
5. Rotate Your Tires
Rotating your tears can help ensure that the wear and tear is more evenly distributed. Generally, the front tires wear down more because of turning and braking. Although back tires can also wear more quickly depending on your loads.
These simple tips will help ensure that you get the longest life out of your tires. At Spurlock Transport in Lafayette we can help. We’ll not only maintain your tires so they last a long time, but we’re also available to help you with roadside repairs if one of your tires ever blows. Call us today to get started on a tire maintenance program that will help you improve the longevity of your trailer tires.