Tyre Safety

Six essential considerations that can improve your tyre safety

Tyres are fundamental to the safety of every vehicle, as they are the only thing keeping the vehicle in contact with the road. Unfortunately, international research has shown that tyre condition is the second most common defect reported in HGV accidents.

Here are six essential considerations that can improve your tyre safety. Not only will these make your fleet safer, they will assist in reducing fuel consumption and your overall cost per kilometre.

1. Tyre Checks

Tyres should be routinely checked as part of every pre-trip inspection. This article details what to look for when checking truck tyres.

2. Tyre Pressure

Tyre pressure is part of every pre-inspection tyre check but deserves a separate mention as well. Under-inflated tyres cause heat build up that can lead to tyre failure. Extremely high road temperatures put strain on tyres and can also lead to blow outs, as this article explains.

It’s essential that drivers check the tyre pressure of all drive, steer and trailer tyres, before departing. Incorrectly inflated tyres will also lead to premature tyre wear, reducing their lifespan.

3. Tyre Fitment

Select the best suite of tyres for every vehicle and you improve safety as well as economy. This article provides a detailed guide on what to look for in truck tyres, including vehicle applications and tread patterns.

Tyre fitment should be done by a professional and it’s important to maintain correct tyre alignment and rotation as well.

4. Tyre Handling

Improper handling can cause irrevocable damage to tyres. In particular, there is risk of damaging the beads and wires within the tyre. When lifting tyres with machinery this should be done with flat straps, certainly not with the hook of a crane. Lift the tyre under the tread and never stand on the tyre.

5. Tyre Storage

All tyres will age, mostly due to their rubber compound. Correct storage will preserve their lifespan and performance.

Store tyres in a dark, enclosed space, ideally underneath a plastic cover. If this isn’t possible then ensure that tyres are stored away from sunlight, UV rays, heat and water. Tyres should be stored vertically, one against another. Stacking them on top of each other will cause damage to the rubber and structure. A tyre storage rack is the best solution.

6. Tyre Choice and Replacement

Tyre safety starts with your choice of tyre. Some are safer than others, especially for Middle Eastern conditions. Longmarch tyres are specially formulated for fleets in the Middle East and provide long-term economy as well as safety.

Book a non-obligation consultation with a Longmarch representative to discuss the best tyres for your fleet.