Driving a big piece of equipment is serious business. This is one of the reasons why people who operate heavy equipment are required to have appropriate training and in some cases an operator’s license. Properly maintaining your heavy equipment has too many benefits to ignore. Maintaining your OTR tires is also important.
A tire company wants to make sure you get everything you can out of your tires, but you will also need to make sure that you and all of your employees are safe at all times. A good set of OTR tires will last for quite a long time, but you may be able to get more months of good use out of them with great care. You can prolong the life of your tires with maintenance and proper care. Make sure your operators follow the necessary tips because if your equipment is running on low quality or unstable OTR tires, the end results could be tragic.
- If you are not using any tires, you should store them in an appropriate location. A more appropriate location will be somewhere that does not get much light, preferably a dark corner of a warehouse. Make sure the area of the warehouse where you store the tires do not have any type of oils, chemicals, or cleaning supplies that could spill or leak on your tires.
- Your tire pressures should be checked before you put the machine in operation. If you are just beginning your shift, you should check the pressure of the tires. When you are preparing to leave for the day, you will want to check the pressure again, especially after the tires have been able to cool slightly. It will not take up a significant amount of your time, and that extra little time you spend doing that will be worth it. You may also consider having your tire and wheel assemblies fitted with PressurePro TPMS sensors.
- If you think your tires need more pressure or if you think they need less pressure, do what should be done. If your tires are not inflated enough, something tragic could happen, just as it can if your tires have too much pressure. Check your tires thoroughly and regularly. There could be holes, pinch cuts, or anything else that could cause you to have a blowout when you are operating your equipment.
It will not harm anything to check your tires before you use them every day. A few minutes of maintenance and inspection could save you from having a terrible accident. Do not ever use a machine or other piece of equipment if the tires are in poor shape. If you need new OTR tires, contact us. We want to make sure you get the absolute best out of your tires and get home safely at the end of a long day of work.
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