Here are some moving truck tire tips to help extend the life your truck tires and help them operate at their best.
This may seem like a “master of the obvious” type comment, but check your tire pressure and condition of your tires often at least at the start of every trip or day. By CHECK TIRE PRESSURE, I mean use a tire gauge, not just a hammer, tire billy or bat. “Thumping” tires can tell if they are completely flat, but it won’t tell if they are underinflated. Also check all the tires, not just the easy to get to outside tires of a tandem. I’ve seen dozens of times where the inside tire runs low, goes flat, is ruined, and then affects the outside tire. Remember, if you are purchasing tires from a tandem, the preferred method is to purchase them in pairs so they wear evenly. Save both tires by checking the inside tire of a tandem every time. For moving companies with company drivers and equipment, it’s not a bad idea to do a random test on vehicles after they have been pretripped, but before they hit the road to ensure the checking is being done. Have the drivers record an actual pressure reading for each tire on their pretrip, not just a check mark that the procedure was done. This makes sure the test is actually being performed and that the driver is getting an accurate reading.
It’s probably ever more important for household movers to perform the tire checks than other truckers because of the tricky residential areas that moving trucks have to go into. Scuffing a curb, marker post, culvert, decorative stone, etc can dent a rim or break a tire seal so it’s critical for movers to check their tires condition often.
PREPARING MOVING TRUCK TIRES
Remember, when getting tire readings; make sure the tires are neither under inflated which will reduce fuel mileage or overinflated which can create accelerated wear issues. Check the tires when they are cold and make sure they are at the manufacturer’s suggested PSI.
Make sure you rotate your tires since right and left turns are different and make tires wear differently. Left hand turns are usually taken at higher speeds and are wider while right hand turns are usually taken at slower speeds and are tighter. If you rotate your tires when you change your oil, this can help even out your tire wear and extend the life of your tires.
Make sure you keep your moving trucks in alignment because an out of alignment vehicle not only wears the tires out faster, it reduces fuel mileage, too. Any signs of uneven wear should spark a trip to your truck shop or service provider to check the trucks alignment.
It doesn’t seem like a big deal but make sure the value stems on your moving truck(s) tires have a cap on them. No, your tire won’t immediately go flat without a cap but some value stems can leak slowly and things like dirt, snow and ice can wedge themselves in the stem tip causing air loss.
When shopping for tires, check with tire manufacturers on load recommendations and other tire specs and properties. Since moving trucks usually carry more bulk than weight things like tread depth and load range are things to look at when purchasing tires. Tires aren’t just tires, do some research on which tires fit your moving truck application the best.