Commercial truck operators are required to inspect their vehicles before each trip to ensure their vehicle is safe and that there aren’t any hazards that could cause lead to an accident occurring. One of the things that is most important for truck drivers to inspect are their tires. The fact is, the tires on any vehicle serve as its foundation and when a semi or big-rig is transporting 30,000-80,000 pounds of goods, there is no room for poorly-maintained or defective tires.
When tires aren’t checked regularly, certain issues might be overlooked such as a tire that might be leaking air, one that is losing tread, or another that might have low air pressure. And when these large vehicles are taken out onto the roadways with tires that are in poor condition, there is an increased chance that the driver will experience a tire blowout. In the event that happens, it could lead to a truck spiraling out of control and into other vehicles on the roadway.
With that in mind, if you are a commercial truck driver and are responsible for inspecting the vehicle you will be operating, there are a few things you will want to check in regards to your tires to be sure your vehicle is safe for you to travel in. These include:
- Check the air pressure in your truck’s tires. Just like a car or small truck, all of the tires on your vehicle should have the required amount of air pressure in each. Each truck may have different requirements as to what this amount is based on the size of the truck, however, never do you want your air pressure to go below the recommended amount. The American Association of Owner Operators says this could lead to tire blowouts, which can be dangerous and deadly to you and the others who might be traveling nearby.
- Assess the condition of your tires. You will want to check for “air leaks, signs of uneven wear, sidewall damage, and anything out of the ordinary, including bubbles or bumps caused by air infiltration or foreign objects.”
- Check your tire tread. If any of your tires look run down or the grooves on them are no longer well defined, it may be time to have them replaced. Worn down tires can be especially dangerous on wet roads so it best you stay off the roadway until your vehicle’s tires are swapped out.
- Check for missing valve caps. When valve caps are missing, that means there is a chance air is escaping out of the tire valves. And this could lead to under-inflated tires which could potentially wind up causing a tire blowout. So, if you notice any valve caps are missing, replace them and consider carrying a few extra with you so you always have some on hand.
- Check the dual tires. The American Association of Owner Operators says that “debris can get lodged between your tires so check to make sure there aren’t any issues.” Not only could this affect your driving, but the debris could come loose while driving and hit the windshield of another vehicle.
Many truck collisions occur as a result of tire blowouts as well as on account of vehicles not being properly inspected. So, to be sure you don’t cause an accident or contribute to one occurring, it is best you conduct a thorough inspection before each trip.
Now, if you recently engaged in a truck accident in New Jersey and want to be sure you follow all the necessary steps that will allow you to recover compensation for your injuries, we suggest you get in contact with one of our Essex, NJ truck accident lawyers. There have been many times when truck accident victims who suffered severe injuries received less than what their injuries were worth and we want to help prevent that from happening to you.