Many accidents that happen on the roads in the UAE are preventable, and heavy vehicles are common in highway traffic. One way to reduce these accidents is by ensuring that the tyres fitted on these vehicles are safe to use.
If you have a fleet of heavy vehicles, a tyre failure can cause a serious accident that can be dangerous on the highway. That is why tyre management is essential for prevention of these incidents, and why tyres for trucks, buses and commercial vehicles in the UAE should always be inspected and maintained.
Effective Tyre Management & Planning Can Save Lives On The Road
With a proper tyre management plan for your heavy vehicles fleet, you can protect lives and ensure that your vehicles are safe on the road. Also, you will comply with the legal duties and save money in the long run.
A robust tyre management system is essential for all heavy vehicles. It should ensure that:
- The tyres in service are appropriate to the vehicle and the road conditions
- All tyre pressures are monitored frequently
- The tyres are regularly and closely examined for damage and wear with proper mechanisms in place to address potential issues
- The tyres fitted on the vehicle comply with national/international laws
Whether the vehicle is carrying or transferring, tyres have a big impact on the actual drive. They are the only point of contact with the ground. Both light and heavy commercial vehicles need tyres that are designed to handle proper loads, and cannot use passenger tyres as a substitute for light commercial vehicle tyres.
It is important for safety to not load the vehicle beyond the tyres’ capacity. Knowing that defective, improper, or incorrectly inflated tyres are among the biggest causes for road accidents and loss of life, it is important to consider tyres that have proper tread depth, can accelerate and brake effectively.
Detecting Improper Wear Of Tyres On Heavy Vehicles
Some of the common types of improper wear of tyres on commercial vehicles include:
- Shoulder wear, occurring mostly due to under inflation of the tyres.
- Slipped wear, which is smooth to the touch and caused by improper weight distribution and imbalance, hard cornering, overloading or a bent stub axle.
- Rounded wear, which is typically caused by underinflation or overloading.
- Centre wear, which is common with overinflated tyres, and heat caused through the friction with the road through the central third.
- Irregular wear, caused by a number of factors, as well as stud holes or severe imbalance.
- Localised wear, occurring when only one part of the tyre is affected, potentially from locked brakes, assembly imbalance, structural damage or a sort of failure in repair.
Additionally, some of the most common types of truck tyre damage include damage by impact, sharp objects, run-flat damage, bead damage, extreme heat, cracking, contamination due to incorrect tyre storage, corrosion, J-scoring (when an object that pierced the tyre pierces it again from the inside), etc.
To ensure that your heavy vehicles are safe for the road, you need to check that they have no deep cuts, tears, or bulges, and make sure that there is no debris trapped between the wheels. Frequent maintenance is needed, especially for preventing irregular wear. Also, it is recommended to use only identical tyre models/patterns from the same brand or manufacturer.
When it comes to storage, it is recommended that tyres for heavy vehicles should be stored in cool, dry places that are away from sources of heat or direct sunlight or artificial lights. Additionally, tyres should be stored away from electrical equipment, oil, or hydrocarbon solvents or lubricants.
Implementing an effective tyre management plan can help you save lives on the road and ensure that your vehicles are safe. If you want to save money on your next set of tyres for your commercial vehicles, feel free to browse through our online tyre shop.