Semi trucks are big, heavy, slow-moving and extremely difficult to stop. That is why their tires need to be in the absolute best possible shape at all times. Indeed, a good set of tires could provide the ability to stop and maneuver to avoid a potentially fatal or injurious car accident.
Let's take a look at some of the things every truck driver should know about their tires:
-- Keep your tire pressure in check. Sure your truck will still driver when its tire pressure is low, and you might not even notice the difference, but when it comes to swift and agile maneuvering, air pressure is vital. Also, low pressure can cause tire fires and blowouts. For this reason, it's important to know what your vehicle's tire pressure requirements are and to regularly check them to make sure the level is appropriate. Also, remember to check pressure when the tires are cold for the most accuracy.
-- Inspect tires for signs of wear. Perform a pre-trip inspection of your tires and look for air leaks, uneven wear, damage to the sidewalls, cracks and other potential problems.
-- Inspect your tire tread. Tires with low tread are more likely to suffer a blowout. The minimum tread depth for semi truck tires according to regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is 1/8-inch in the major tread grooves.
-- Replace your missing valve caps. It might not seem important, but debris can get inside valves and cause air to leak, which is dangerous.
-- Always inspect your tires after striking road debris. It's possible to have a tire blow and not even realize it.
-- Check between your dual tires to see if you can find something wrong with the tires. Is there damage? Is anything lodged inside?
From avoiding Washington semi truck accidents and truck-related injuries, there are other advantages to keeping semi truck tires in good repair. For example, drivers will improve their gas mileage, avoid getting a citation and make their tires last longer. If you think you were hurt due to an accident caused by semi truck tires in bad repair, it may be wise to consult with a personal injury lawyer to determine if you have the legal right to seek financial restitution for your injuries.