Tires affect your trailer handling, ride, braking, and overall safety. Therefore, tires must have the correct air pressure, tread depth, and balance for optimum performance. Its wheels must also be properly aligned.
Regular maintenance and repair service is essential in protecting driver safety and trailer investment. It increases fuel, tire balance, and proper inflation.
Ideally, you should inspect your tires more often if you drive over potholes and debris on the road, live in a cold climate, or drive long distances regularly. The more often these inspections are performed, the easier it will be to find problems and fix them before they become enormous.
WAYS TO GET THE MOST OF YOUR TRAILER TIRES
Maintaining your trailer tires is not the same as what you do for most vehicle tires. Here are some basic steps to ensure that your tires remain functional, safe, and legally eligible for use on the road.
PROPER AIR PRESSURE
Running your trailer tires under-inflated is a sure way to wear them out and invite tire failure. Keeping them at the proper air pressure improves longevity and capacity. In some cases, an under-inflated tire may not appear low, and fully inflated may also be below the safe air pressure. So, the best way to know your tires are properly inflated is by checking with an air pressure gauge.
The maximum tire pressure of your tires is on your tire sidewall. And it should always be checked when the tire is cold. That means before driving the trailer every day. This is because driving generates heat, and heat generates pressure. These can provide an incorrect measurement.
KNOW TIRE MAXIMUM LOAD
Every tire has a maximum load capacity information stamped on the sidewall. Overloading your trailer tires can cause premature wear and increase the risk of tire failure. Also, if tire pressure is lower, the tire’s carrying capacity will be lower. Therefore, ensure your trailers haul the recommended weight of freight.
USE THE RIGHT TIRE SIZE
The trailer tire owner’s manual often indicates the manufacturer’s recommendation for tire size. Some trailers have a separate placard describing tire sizing information. You can also ask a tire professional before buying trailer tires. These ensure what you have in mind is the right fit for the loads you are hauling and the roads.
HAVE A SPARE TIRE
Keeping a spare tire saves you from delivery delays when your trailer suddenly breakdown due to tire problems. A spare tire allows you to use an hour or so of hassle changing a tire if you get a flat compared to leaving your trailer loaded with gear to search for an open tire shop.
BENEFITS OF TRAILER TIRE CHANGE
Tires are designed to perform safely and require regular maintenance to stay functioning. Tire problems will cause handling issues, and your trailer will not accelerate, brake, or steer properly. These could be a contributing factor in having an accident or sudden breakdown.
Tire problems cause premature replacement, which can be expensive and time-consuming. But regular maintenance services such as proper tire rotation, balancing, alignment, inflation, and air pressure help avoid wear patterns on your tires.
Proper tire maintenance helps increase fuel efficiency and better mileage, allowing you to go further between fill-ups and spend less on fuel. It also lowers carbon dioxide emissions and other pollutants from entering the atmosphere.
Properly maintained tires run more efficiently and prolong their life. These save the cost of one or two sets of tires over the average life span of your trailer. It also avoids costly repairs and replacements.
TO SUM IT UP
Spending a few minutes for trailer tire maintenance every month can help protect your drivers, improve trailer performance, and lengthen the life of your tires.
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