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​Three Simple Signs Your Truck Needs New Tyres

Published On Oct 11, 2016By Mukul Yudhveer Singh

Tyres act as the only point of contact between your truck and the roads, and yet are the least cared for. They play critical part in maintaining good mileage, give you good grip for safety and work for thousands of kilometres without shouting for attention. According to the ‘Roads Accidents in India-2015 Report’, trucks, buses, light and medium vehicles account for around 35 per cent of total accidents in the country. There is no evidence available proving the role of worn out tyres but the number of commercial vehicles owners using vehicles with aged tyres have a tale of thier own.

There are three signs and symptoms that can tell whether it is time to equip your truck with new tyres or not. Most of these signs, mentioned below, are right there in front of your eyes, but are ignored the most.

Frequent Punctures

If your truck has had more than five punctures in the last six months, its time you stop blaming the poor road conditions and visit a professional tyre dealer. Frequent tyre flats are a result of weakened tyre walls. In such conditions, it becomes easier for the tiniest of nails or other sharp objects to penetrate through and puncture the wheel. In such cases, it is better to consult a tyre expert than being sorry.

Worn Out Treads

There is no rocket science in the fact that tyres come with a lifespan and worn out treads are a sheer proof of that. Almost all the fleet owners and truck drivers are aware of this fact, but still ignore the same. Worn out tyres heat faster and burst eventually.

Did you know that driving trucks on aged out tyres can lower your profits by minimising the mileage and also cost a fortune in terms of accidents, lay alone loss of life. If maintained properly, truck tyres offer an average life span of more than 50 years. Do ask the tyre dealer for do’s and do not’s of tyre maintenance.

Cracks in Side Walls

Side walls of tyres are as important as its treads. Cracks in side walls can lead to sudden tyre bursts, resulting in fatal accidents. Tyre cracks develop as a result of keeping tyres inflated with air pressures that are lower or higher than recommended. Even a single crack in the tyre’s side wall can be life threatening. In case of any confusion, do check with an expert and see if your truck needs a new pair of tyres.

Always check for the right air pressure. If possible, keep an air pressure gauge handy and inspect your tyres every time before starting a hauling session.

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