Tips for Avoiding Tire Violations

Know the Regulations. Motor carrier regulations set minimum requirements for safe tire operation, including provisions for proper inflation and loading, minimum tread depth and safe tire condition. Compliance with these regulations does not guarantee safety but it significantly reduces the likelihood that a tire issue will cause a crash, either for the truck or bus, or for other vehicles that encounter the carcass of a failed tire. Tire regulations fall primarily under 49 CFR 393.75.

                Keep you vehicle suspension in alignment. In addition to potentially affecting safe control of the vehicle, improper alignment will at least rapidly wear down tires. Your maintenance plan should include tire/wheel/suspension alignment.

                Follow industry best practices for tire management. Tire inflation should be checked at appropriate intervals for the operation. There are many resources available to assist with proper tire management, including purchasing, maintaining, inspecting and removing from service tires for any type of operation. Check with Rubber Manufacturers Association, Tire Industry Association, tire manufacturer organizations or Technology and Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations.

                Understand Tire Specifications. Tires are rated not only for size, but for maximum load, type of service and speed of operation. Tire specifications on the vehicle tire information label should be followed. Inspectors may check for overloading of tire capacity when scales are in use.

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