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Tyre Tips For Transporters brought to you by Michelin

Michelin invented the radial tyre in 1946. Five years later, it invented the radial truck tyre. Since then, the company has introduced many new radial truck tyre innovations. A radial truck tyre must have three basic qualities: load capacity, adequate tread contact area for steering control and road grip, and heat resistance.

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Michelin invented the radial tyre in 1946. Five years later, it invented the radial truck tyre.

Given that tyres are among the leading cost and safety considerations for any transport business, Trucks & Heavy Equipment, in association with Michelin South Africa, have put together these critically important tyre tips for transporters.

  1. Tyre life can be maximized by accelerating slowly and braking smoothly. Your truck tractor and trailer will thank you, too!
  2. When changing tyre sizes on a vehicle there are a lot of factors to consider (size, load, speed etc.) but don’t forget to verify the approved rim sizes.
  3. To safely inflate a truck tyre, you need a clip-on air chuck, a safety cage and a sufficient length of hose.
  4. Inflation pressure should always be checked cold. This means that the tyre is not in the direct sun and has not been driven for several hours.
  5. Having a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check your air pressure! Be sure to check air pressure before every trip.
  6. Tyre kicking is not an accurate way to tell if a tyre is underinflated or even flat. Trust the air gauge!
  7. An overinflated tyre has a smaller contact patch, which will reduce handling and braking performance.
  8. Do not use mismatched tyres. Different tyres may have different specifications and be designed for different applications.
  9. Ensure proper rotation of tyres. This will ensure that tyre wear is more evenly spread and easier to identify and manage.
  10. Regularly check for objects, like stones, that may be caught in the grooves and also in between dual tyres.
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