Hot Weather Operation -Tires

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G-Town's Comment
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During the summer months when excessive heat is prevalent, take a few extra minutes during the PTI to actually check tire inflation pressures. This is especially important for the steer tires.

Under inflated tires are more prone to catastrophic failure (blowout) due the higher temperatures and prolonged buildup of heat.

In addition, check for cuts, bulges and foreign objects lodged in the tire tread. Considering it’s construction season, driving through these zones increases the probability of tire damage.

Be sure, be safe!

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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That is exactly what I was doing a few minutes ago, waiting for my trailer to be finished loading. I will be driving through Nevada Today, going up to Salt Lake City.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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This is especially important for us newbies. After all, most of us don't know what a good tire "looks" like, so that extra minute or two could save us learning this lesson the hard way. Hope I'm not the only noob reading this! 😁

Don's Comment
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This 'newb' read it also

This is especially important for us newbies. After all, most of us don't know what a good tire "looks" like, so that extra minute or two could save us learning this lesson the hard way. Hope I'm not the only noob reading this! 😁

G-Town's Comment
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Found on page 25 of the High Road CDL Training Program, there is some great information on safe Hot Weather Operation.

Applies to all of us...as a reminder on how best to handle and prevent issues that can occur during the heat of the summer.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
JuiceBox's Comment
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Right on... planned on using the old gauge in the morning. By morning I mean 0100 to deliver at 0700, a day early!

Dave Reid's Comment
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Jeremy, a lot of old-timers greatly overestimate their ability to know what a good tire "looks" like! I've had some tell me that they can tell if a tire is 5psi low by the sound of a thump...which is total nonsense. Sure, we can look for bulges, cracks, low tread depth, etc. But to check inflation, a pressure gauge is the only way.

This is especially important for us newbies. After all, most of us don't know what a good tire "looks" like, so that extra minute or two could save us learning this lesson the hard way. Hope I'm not the only noob reading this! 😁

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