Tips on how to look after your truck’s tyres

Looking after your truck’s tyres properly not only improves their life it’s essential for safety on the road.

It may seem obvious but visual inspections are key. Regularly check for signs of damage, such as cuts, bulges or even punctures that you might not have felt when driving. Also look for uneven wear, which may mean you have alignment issues or improper inflation.

Maintain the correct tyre pressure

Check tyre pressure regularly using a reliable pressure gauge.

Check tyre pressure with a reliable gauge.

Then make sure you maintain the recommended pressure as specified in your truck’s manual. Or your local garage should be able to help. Incorrect tyre pressure can lead to uneven wear, reduced fuel efficiency and increased risk of blowouts.

Rotating tyres extends the life of your truck’s tyres

Rotating your tyres regularly helps to ensure even wear. Follow the recommended rotation pattern in your truck’s manual. Rotating tyres will help extend the life of all the tyres.

Rotate your truck’s tyres for even wear.

Tyres out of alignment affect driving

Ensuring that your truck’s wheels are properly aligned is next. Misalignment can cause uneven wear and negatively impact handling. You might notice misalignment when the steering wheel pulls to one side. If you notice this have your tyre alignment checked. Balancing your truck’s tyres is equally important. Signs your tyres might be out of balance include vibrations while driving.

Don’t overload your truck’s tyres

Overloading your truck can lead to excessive heat buildup and tyre failure. Make sure your load capacity matches the rating on the tyre sidewall. And try to avoid sudden stops, hard braking and sharp turns as these can contribute to tyre wear.

If your truck will be parked for a longer period, consider lifting it off the ground using jack stands to reduce strain on the tyres. And store spare tyres in a cool, dry place.

Don’t forget about your spare tyres. Check their pressure and condition regularly, as you want them in good condition when you need them. Lastly, getting your tyres regularly washed will help dislodge grime, highlight maintenance issues and make your truck look good!