Commercial trucking fleet managers are always looking for new ways to reduce the cost of tires, as this is routinely ranked as one of the most expensive types of maintenance for these vehicles. Understanding the lifespan of their semi-truck trailer tires and planning their budgets accordingly is one way that managers can reduce the costs associated with unexpected tire repair and replacement. This is one way that managers can reduce the costs associated with unexpected tire repair and replacement. The vast majority of industry professionals are of the opinion that semi-truck tires should be changed every three to six years. If you bought your tires more than six years ago, you should probably start thinking about replacing them with new ones as soon as possible.
The miles that a tire has been driven is another benchmark that fleet managers can employ. Although it is helpful to be aware of these benchmarks, their extensive range can be perplexing or even unreliable due to the fact that other elements contribute to the total lifespan of your tire. Fleet managers have a responsibility to be knowledgeable about the factors that contribute to tire wear for the applications in which their tires are used. You might anticipate a varied amount of mileage out of each of your applications from your tires.
Factors Affecting Tire Lifespan
Learning how to change your tire is a straightforward technique that should be familiar to everyone. If you are driving and do not know this, you might find yourself in a precarious scenario. However, what if you are the driver of a commercial vehicle or a semi-truck?
Is it more difficult to understand? Because a truck is a bigger vehicle, driving one may seem to be somewhat more intimidating. However, the majority of the procedure remains basically unchanged!
Regrettably, there is no universally accepted standard for determining the appropriate time to change the tires on your semi-truck trailer. The longevity of the tires on your fleet is impacted by a wide variety of other variables, including the following:
When managers are getting ready to fix the tires on their semi-truck trailers, the mileage covered isn’t the only factor they need to take into consideration. Since highways often result in increased tire wear and tear, tires that are subjected to a greater amount of backcountry driving or possibly stone drilling in close proximity to construction sites or quarries should be changed sooner than those tires that are used mostly on highways.
The kind of tire you pick for your fleets will also have an effect on how quickly you will need to replace the tires on your vehicles. Special trailer tires, also known as STs, are strongly recommended by industry professionals due to the fact that their construction is tailored to the requirements of travel trailers and fifth-wheel trailers. ST radial tires have an even longer lifetime than conventional tires, with some supposedly being able to last up to 40,000 miles before they need to be replaced.
To summarize, the best approach for fleet managers to plan ahead for semi-truck tire repair or replacement is for them to have a solid understanding of both the annual mileage of their fleet and the miles per 1/32nd tread depth loss of their tires. The good news is that there are solutions available that enable managers to accomplish just that with very little effort on their part.