Why You Should Always Properly Inspect Your Tires

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Pianoman's Comment
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Ok I'm sure anyone who's spent any amount of time on this forum knows this, but I wanted to share an example of why a proper pre/post trip inspection is so important and can actually save you alot of time and grief. Specifically when checking tires, don't just thuump (misspelled to trick the naughty word blocker lol) your tires and go. Check them with a tire gauge and visually inspect them.

I found this on my post trip inspection today:

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My first clue was that the pressure was 30 psi lower than all the other tires. Didn't take long to find the nail after that. The discoloration is from the water I poured on it to see how fast it was leaking. Just for kicks I tried hitting the tire with my rubber mallet and it felt the same as the other tires. Anyways the shop sent someone out to swap it out while I'm taking my ten so in the morning I can keep rolling like nothing ever happened. If I'd skipped over it I might not have found it til morning when the tire was flat or it blew going down the highway, costing me valuable time. Some other stuff to look for is chunks missing out of your tread or bulges in the sidewall, both of which can result in blowouts.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Nice catch!

Getting that work done while you're on your 10 hour break is a huge time saver for sure. That's one of the great things about having experience - you can prevent many problems from happening in the first place or minimize the downtime when something does go wrong. With electronic logs that's really critical.

Electronic Logs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Pianoman's Comment
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With electronic logs that's really critical.

Yes sir! All fixed when morning came so I'll still make it home on time.

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Electronic Logs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

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