Driving big equipment is serious business: that’s why operators of large machinery are generally required to obtain a separate licence to prove their competence. Likewise, most people are careful regarding the upkeep of their big rigs, knowing how important it is to keep everything running smoothly. But avoiding accidents in the mines, quarries, work sites and on the roadways involves more than just looking after your rig’s engine and avoiding operator error.
It means that you must also give some love to your haul truck tires.
Four Safety Tips for Handling Haul Truck Tires:
- Remember that tire pressure affects stability. While it’s true that you must check your suspension system often to ensure evenness and strength, it’s also important to confirm that the air pressure in your tires is equal on each side of the vehicle and in keeping with factory recommendations. This should be part of your daily routine.
- Practice planned loading. Depending on how the truck is loaded and how the load may shift during transport or unloading, the wheels may be affected. When the center of gravity is off-base, there is risk of tip-over; furthermore, an uneven load may cause the tires to settle and wear unevenly.
- Mind your speed. If proper speeds are not maintained, undue damage to tires can occur. High speeds can lead to internal friction that causes undue wear on the tires; more worryingly, on curved and rugged terrain, a lack of decreased speeds can lead to tire ply separations.
- Drive with caution. Fast starts, stops, or turns increase the chances of spins and slippage, especially with heavy loads, and can lead to significant tire damage.
A quick skim of the news reveals story after story of overturned haul trucks and big rigs. Don’t become one of the cautionary tales: practice proper haul truck tire maintenance and help keep our roadways safe.
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