Driving in the WA outback can be extremely tough on truck tyres. That’s why it’s important for both the driver and the truck owner to be vigilant in keeping a close watch on what is happening to the tyres.
Todd Lupton, who manages two road trains that makes regular long haul journeys from a mine in the northwest 400km inland from Port Hedland, has created a tyre policy he believes is working to keep truck tyres in a better condition for longer.
How to reduce wear on truck tyres in the WA outback
- In summer have the tyres inflated the to 20 about PSI less than the recommended cold inflation pressure to allow for high temperatures
- Use a gauge to check the tyre pressure weekly
- Correct and align any trailer tracking issues as soon as you notice them
- Change flat truck tyres as soon as they are noticed to prevent the damage an overheated tyre can cause to a truck if it blows
- After driving onto bitumen from dirt, stop and check for loose rocks in the duals as they could also cause a blowout