From monitoring air pressure to maintaining valve caps, drivers can keep tires working longer.
Love’s Truck Tire Care experts are offering tips on how to keep your wheels and tires in the best possible condition in honor of the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s Tire Safety Week June 1-7, 2014, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Roadcheck blitz June 3-5, 2014.
Drivers and commercial vehicles across North America are randomly selected to undergo comprehensive inspections under the Roadcheck program.
Tires are among the highest expenses for fleets and owner-operators. Tires and wheels accounted for 10% of out-of-service violations during last year’s Roadcheck,” said Dan Jensen, director of tire sales and service for Love’s. “Our roadside assistance calls increase every year during Roadcheck. We’re happy to assist, but by checking with a Love’s Truck Tire Care certified technician and keeping some simple things in mind, drivers can stay on the road and cut down on costs.”
1. Air pressure: Increase the life of your tires and maximize fuel efficiency by making sure your tires are properly inflated. Poorly inflated tires can cause a road failure, as well as decreased tread life, and added stress and possible failure of the casing. A Love’s Truck Tire Care technician can help you maximize the life of your tires by helping you with proper inflation maintenance.
2. Alignment: Operating a vehicle without proper alignment causes irregular wear. Driver fatigue can be caused by counter-steering due to alignment issues. A number of things can cause improper alignment at any time. Tires should be monitored for irregular wear and aligned as needed. Ask a Love’s Truck Tire Care technician about the wear on your tires.
3. Matching tread depth: Mismatched tread depth can cause excessive and rapid wear. Tires should be matched within 1/8 of an inch (4/32) on an axle. Love’s Truck Tire Care technicians can check your tread depth and rotate tires as needed to maximize tread life.
4. Ask about retreads: Retreads maximize casing value and have the same tread and capability of a new tire. Retreads are an environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution. Love’s Truck Tire Care centers offer Michelin XT-1 Retreads. Talk to a Love’s Truck Tire Care technician to see if retreads are the right solution for you.
5. Valve caps: Federal DOT regulations require drivers to have valve caps on their tires at all times. A loose or faulty valve cap can result in loss of air and tire pressure, which can cause a tire to fail. Flow through valve caps allows you to check, inflate or deflate tires without removing the cap, which saves drivers time. A Love’s Truck Tire Care technician can check your valve caps and tell you more about flow-through caps.
Love’s roadside assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Love’s Truck Tire Care dispatch center can send a Love’s certified technician to a driver’s location to help in emergency situations.
Founded in 1964 by Tom Love, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and remains entirely family-owned and operated. With 320 locations and more than 190 Love’s a Tire Care centers in 39 states, Love’s approximate growth rate is 20 stores per year.