The U.S. Interstate highway system consists of a total of 47,182 miles. It is possible to go non-stop in any direction. Tractor-trailer drivers use these highways more than any other driver in the country. It is the fastest and most convenient way to deliver their loads in a timely and efficient manner.
Tractor-trailer drivers can be on the road for many hours at a time. They can drive long distances both day and night without taking a break. This can cause a lot of wear and tear on their vehicle, particularly on the tires.
Drivers need to be constantly aware of the condition of the rig’s 18 wheels. They need to perform the proper maintenance on the tires, as well as the trailer and the cab. If the tires are not cared for, it can lead to costly repairs and delayed deliveries due to breakdowns such as blowouts. It can also lead to accidents on the road if the tractor-trailer goes out of control and hits other vehicles as a result. A tire blowout can also make the rig catch fire due to the intense heat it generates and can cause damage to the rig and its contents.
It is important for drivers to check the condition of their tires every time they stop their rig, including rest stops, their destination point, or when they get home. They should check the air pressure gage to make sure tires are not underinflated or overinflated. They should inspect their valve caps for leaks and replace missing valve caps. They also need to check their loads so that the weight is distributed equally. This prevents one tire from taking the majority of the weight versus even distribution on all tires.
The tires also have to have enough tread on them to handle the road conditions. If the treads are worn, or if the tire is bald, it can cause the trailer to slide out of control, especially when the road is wet or icy. Drivers should also check their tires for punctures or embedded objects such as metal, glass or rocks. Bald tires should be replaced immediately. Some tractor-trailers have on-board tire inflation systems. Drivers should evaluate the on-board compressor and tighten air valves and hoses that lead to leaky tires.
While most tractor-trailer drivers perform routine maintenance on their rigs that can help to prevent accidents, there are drivers who are more careless and let the maintenance slip.
If you have been a victim of an accident involving a tractor-trailer or any commercial vehicle such as a box truck, bus, or a van or small truck, the attorneys of the Law Offices of Michael J. O’Connor & Associates are ready to help. Personal injury cases are among the firms specialties. Our associates know that if you are in an accident, you should not have to worry about haggling with insurance companies and other possible legal ramifications.
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