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Optimize the performance of your tires this winter

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Tire costs are the second highest expenditure in the trucking industry, the highest being fuel costs. Weather changes affect the longevity of tires. During winters, it is common for the wheel hubs to freeze up and for ice to encrust the rims of the tires. Tire pressure reduces and you can observe flat spotting. It is important to maintain your tires properly, especially at such low temperatures. Here are a few tips to manage your tires and maximize their use. There are three key things to keep an eye on, namely tire inflation pressure, tread wear, and misalignment due to ice build-up.
Inflation pressure is maintained by the speed of air molecules within the tire. As temperatures drop, so do the speed of air molecules and this results in reduced tire pressure. Low tire pressure is a safety concern.
Generally, tire pressure can drop by 2 psi for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit drop in the temperature. This is applicable for tires that run at a pressure of 100 psi.
Both under inflation and over inflation can be an issue. Always make sure to maintain tire pressure according to the load being hauled. This way you can optimize performance and maximize safety.
Also, make sure that the tires are at the appropriate tread level for safe operation. Taking care of such factors will minimize the wear on your tires and increase their longevity.

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