The tires on your truck are what helps gets you from place to place. Sure, there are many, many other essential parts on your rig that you can’t do anything without. And there are countless tips on how to protect each one of them from wearing down sooner than they should. But your tires keep you on the road, mile after mile. So protecting them from wearing down is one of the best ways to ensure you get to where you need to be.
What Causes Your Tires to Wear Down and Crack?
Oxygen and high temperatures can increase the rate of oxidation, which over time, will cause the tires to crack. This happens when the tires lose their flexibility. No matter how well your tires are taken care of, they generally will only last around 10 years. If your route is through colder climates, your tires may reach the end of their life by year six.
If your route is in a city, the tires on your truck will wear down even faster. In urban areas, tires are exposed to higher levels of ultraviolet radiation and ozone.
When a tire is manufactured, it’s made with layers that protect from oxidation and ozone. These layers are meant to protect the tire from solvents, salt, oil, and other fluids that are found on roads. Throughout a tire’s life, normal wear and tear as well as harsh cleaning chemicals cause these layers break down, leaving the tire exposed to sunlight and ozone.
Small things like rubbing the tire against a concrete curb to bad driving habits to over- or under-inflated tires can cause tires to wear down faster. Most tire manufacturers recommend that they are replaced every 10 years.
How to Prevent Tires From Cracking
- Drive Safely: One of the easiest ways to ensure your tire lasts as long as possible is to drive safely. Try to avoid slamming on the brakes and keep the tires away from the curb.
- Watch the Air Pressure: Before you get on the road, check the air pressure on each tire with a pressure gauge that is calibrated with a master gauge.
- Visual Inspections: Before getting into the truck, complete a visual inspection of each tire for air pressure and tread.
- Keep Away From Heat: Never apply heat to a tire after it is mounted on the truck.
- Consistent Tread: All of the tires on the truck should have the same tread depth.
- Servicing: Have a professional complete tire and rim servicing and inspect tires that were on the road with under-inflated tires.
- Don’t Drive With a Flat Dual Tire: Because additional pressure will be put on the inflated tire, driving with a flat dual tire will cause damage to both.
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