Finding a discount tire is very important, especially when it comes to cutting the loose ends and lowering the expenses that kills the profit of your trucking company.
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I have often spoken about maintenance. That is because it is one of the most important things to keep up on. What happens if you don’t keep your truck or fleet operational? A lot can happen, you can lose more than time and money, and you might lose customers! I don’t know about you but I never met a company that could operate without customers! So, keep up the maintenance on your trucks and equipment!
When it comes to your equipment, what is the only part of the vehicle that touches the ground?
Your tires! They are the one thing that must be checked and replaced, before they go bad. But we all know tires can be expensive. So you have options, besides running all the rubber off and riding on bare tires. The most obvious option is to find a discount tire.
A discount tire is just that. It is a good new tire just at a lower cost. Why would they have a discount tire? Well that is simple, just like any business the tire industry (manufacturers, retailers, and/or wholesalers) has sales and rebates. Other times, they will offer a discount tire with a brake check or other service.
Most people don’t really give proper consideration to their tires until they fail. Then it is too late and you might be stuck. Often you won’t be able to find a discount tire at midnight, while stuck in the middle of nowhere, and at the mercy of the local mechanic.
A properly selected and well maintained discount tire can contribute to your operational vehicle safety, recording to OSHA, improves fuel economy, and even provides better handling and better stopping, while travelling in most any weather/road condition. They also can provide a more comfortable ride when you choose for a living, traveling the endless roads.
Walking into a retail showroom looking for a discount tire is rather an overwhelming experience at times. There are literally hundreds of tire brands available, in a wide range of styles, construction, composition and price. But hopefully these tips will help you during your search for a discount tire.
A bit obvious, but visually inspect your tires on a regular basis. Though, you never want to wait until the last minute, you still don’t want to buy a discount tire if you don’t really need it.
While checking your tires look for cracked sidewalls, bubbles/bulging, and check the tread. The manufacture will have different recommendation depending on your brand of discount tire so, check that as well, but rubber does deteriorate while excessive use and time.
Before rushing out and getting a discount tire, conduct the inspection as stated. If you see signs of uneven wear, that might indicate alignment or other suspension issues. While checking the tire, look for things like more wear on the outside or inside of the tire. A tire should wear out evenly across the entire width of the tire tread.
If you install a new discount tire with bad alignment, or a vehicle with other issues, you just threw away the money you saved on the discount tire. The new tires will simply wear out quicker than they should and you’ll need to find another discount tire pretty soon!
Usually when you do get a discount tire and have it changed at the shop, they will inspect your wheels and give you an assessment. It is best to have your vehicle tires inspected before you go out and buy a new discount tire.
One of the first things you should do before getting a discount tire is to check with the manufacturer. That way you can find the right size and type that is best for your vehicle. You should be able to find this on the owner’s manual or the informational placard.
Remember it is required by law that the vehicle has an information placard permanently placed in your vehicle. The exact location might vary depending on model and manufacturer. But commonly they are placed at the door post or edge, the trunk lid, or in the glove box.
Not everyone keeps track of their owner’s manual. But you can get a replacement one sent to you, or you should be able to find it online. But always check before you spend the money on a discount tire.
One of the most confusing things about buying a discount tire is to understand the numbers on the sidewall of the tire. They are a standardized code required by the government to identify the tires. They use these numbers for different reasons; tire’s basic characteristics, capacities of the tire and construction, as well as its U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Tire Identification Number, used for safety standard certification in the event of a recall.
Keep in mind that not all tires are intended to be imported and sold in the United States; lots of them and produced without being tested by their manufacturer to confirm they meet all U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).
You can go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website to learn more. But here are some basics.
As an example say the sidewall is: P215/65R15 95H M+S
If you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations, you should be alright when purchasing a discount tire. Now you will see some additional numbers, most of these you don’t need to worry about, unless there is a recall. But just for your information, they refer to the date and place of manufacture, tire pressure, load ratings, temperature grades, tread wear, and such.
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