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Tire failures represent 25% of all breakdowns for over-the-road trucking. That leads to messed-up delivery schedules and the loss of driving hours, plus the safety concern for the driver stranded on the side of the interstate.

The largest issues related to tire failures are missing tread and/or low tread depth. In addition to checking your tires’ tread depth at least weekly, it’s also important to ensure that all the tires on your truck are wearing at the same rate.  

For example, if you replace a tire that has become dangerous, you need to make sure that you replace it with the same make and model, or at least with the same depth configuration to the tire on the same axle. Just using the same tire size doesn’t cut it. Otherwise, the new tire could overcompensate due to a deeper tread position, and it will wear faster and not perform to the maximum life span. That costs you more money in the long run.  

MONEY-SAVING TIPS: 

1. Don't think that you can save money by replacing only one tire in a pair of drive or trailer tires. The new tire with deeper tread will most likely wear down prematurely, causing you to have to replace it more quickly. Even though it is more expensive to replace both simultaneously, especially when they are close to needing to be replaced anyway, they will wear at the same rate.

2. Many truck drivers do a visual inspection of the depth of their tire tread when they check their tires with a "tire thumper." This may not be adequate, depending on your company's requirements. If you are an owner-operator, measuring the depth may be more important to you because you're paying for the tires.

To read the full article and find out how you can save money on tires, click here.

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