Being one of the most important components of a fleet drivers’ well-being and the safety of their fellow drivers are to be considered. In doing this you can ensure not just safety and efficiency in their performance and efficiency but as well as safety and efficiency in the vehicles they operate and maintain. Below are some important reminders for the most important employees in your fleet, and the essential components that keep their trucks in good working order.
1. Make sure that drivers know what the various markings on tires are.
There are a variety of markings that appear on tires. For instance the “P” logo on the tire’s wall signifies that the tire was designed to be used on a typical passenger car. Other symbols that are commonly used include “LT,” which stands for light truck as well as “T,” for temporary. Drivers of fleets must be fully aware of the Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG) System as well as the various grades that are assigned on tires, or trucks.. Other markings or designations on tires could be used to indicate the type of tire, construction type and dimension ratio, diameter of the rim and the width.
2. Note tread patterns on tires.
Drivers can withstand accidents on the roads and other types of weather and terrain conditions thanks to the tread pattern of tires. The tread patterns of tires were developed and made to enable tires to dig into any type of ground (e.g. dirt roads or mud, sand and snow) to provide more grip. The spaces in between these treads are known as tread grooves or voids. Tread voids offer the tire the ability to grip by allowing the tread blocks to move and move when tires touch roads’ surface. The tread voids also allow water to drain when roads are damp. This is why tires that have a high ratio of tread to void give better wet traction as well as braking capabilities. Also, hydroplaning can be prevented due to the ability to displace water in certain tread patterns on tires. Drivers of fleets should be aware of tread patterns for tires since they can be crucial for more efficient handling and safer driving.
3. Verify that the tire’s bead isn’t leaking.
Sometimes, air may leak through the bead of the tire (the edge of the tire which rests on the wheel or rim). Leakage of the tire bead could cause tires to go flat in time. Make sure that your drivers determine for any issues with the beads of the tires by spraying the wheels of your truck and valves by using soapy liquid. If tiny bubbles begin to pop out it is a sign there’s leakage.
4. Be on the lookout for the possibility of tire and rim separation.
A tire could also develop an unsatisfactory seal if there’s an issue with the rim. Check the rims of your tire for corrosion, rust, cracks, warping or any other damage. Rim and tire separation isn’t something every driver is able to repair, but skilled mechanics have the tools required to repair the damages.
5. Beware of flat tires.
While one can avoid getting an empty tire by routinely checking tires and taking care when driving but the road is unpredictable and unexpected incidents could happen. In the event of an accident that causes a tire to blow out while on the road, make sure to follow this brief guideline:
- Do not slam the brakes.
- The vehicle should be permitted to naturally slow down as you steer towards the other opposite side of the road.
- The warning lights for hazards should be on.
- Change the tire that is damaged should only be attempted when the tire is located a few feet from the flow of traffic.
The possibility of a flat tire can occur at any time, and anyone can be affected So, remind all drivers in your fleet of the importance of being alert and attentive regarding maintenance and safety for your truck.