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MightyQuinn's Comment
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My question is does trucking companies let drivers change there own tires out if one blows? Just asking because if so then I would figure less wait time for a service truck.

G-Town's Comment
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Company drivers are typically NOT permitted to change their own tires.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Most companies will not allow a driver to change a tire. And trust me you won't want to anyway.

MightyQuinn's Comment
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Company drivers are typically NOT permitted to change their own tires.

Is this because of insurance?

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Is this because of insurance?

Yes, they want to make sure it is done safely and correctly so it doesn't come off and kill someone. Plus, it would be highly impractical to equip every truck with the necessary tools to do the job.

In fact, most companies do not want drivers doing any repairs for safety reasons.

G-Town's Comment
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Seriously? Why do you want to perform a task like that? Picture this; sub-freezing temperatures with a 15 mph head wind and you are changing a tire? No thanks. Not my job, nor do I want it to be.

Perhaps insurance has something to do with it, common sense and overall safety is more like it.

Training, certification and basically gaining enough experience to repair and mount a tire correctly is definitely a consideration.

I’ve done it 40 years ago...want no parts of it now.

andhe78's Comment
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Besides, a lot of the major companies pay breakdown pay. So you get paid to sit there while someone comes out and changes the tire. Win/win.

MightyQuinn's Comment
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Most companies will not allow a driver to change a tire. And trust me you won't want to anyway.

I would if they allowed it. I’ve literally changed thousands of tires on and off the truck and trailer. You would think they would allow this and save money also.

MightyQuinn's Comment
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Seriously? Why do you want to perform a task like that? Picture this; sub-freezing temperatures with a 15 mph head wind and you are changing a tire? No thanks. Not my job, nor do I want it to be.

Perhaps insurance has something to do with it, common sense and overall safety is more like it.

Training, certification and basically gaining enough experience to repair and mount a tire correctly is definitely a consideration.

I’ve done it 40 years ago...want no parts of it now.

Been there done that lol. Did this for 11 years and ran a service truck a couple years, so yea I know where your coming from. I don’t mind it and It would beat sitting and waiting on a service truck. Outside tires are easy to do on the tandems and rear truck tires 2 tire bars and tire hammer and a spray bottle of diesel, and two 2x6 made into a ramp for the inside tire. Thanks for the reply g-town.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

G-Town's Comment
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Okay...if you go through with this though, that’s in your past. And becomes irrelevant to your employer.

Most, if not all of the major carriers forbid a driver from doing anything major; not much beyond changing a bulb, topping off fluids, replacing a gladhand gasket, or changing wiper blades. Different mindset.

Besides, (knocking-on-wood) it’s usually not an every day, weekly, or even monthly occurrence.

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