What’s the pressure? - A checklist for regular tyre maintenance


The best condition, the best performance, the best value. As a fleet manager, you want your tyres to remain in optimal condition, for as long as possible. But what do you have to pay attention to in tyre maintenance? What are the dos and don’ts? And how can you prevent your tyres from wearing out too soon? This checklist gives you ultimate peace of mind.

7 items to check off during tyre maintenance

Check your tyre pressure

1. Check your tyre pressure

Tyres lose about 1 PSI per month, which over time can lead to dangerous underinflation. The consequence? Tyre damage, increasing fuel costs, faster tyre wear and a greater risk of an accident. However, too much pressure leads to overinflation, which can also damage your tyre, reduce the grip and increase the risk of tyre failure. In other words, a very delicate balance.


How to do it right?

Goodyear TPMS is a fully integrated tyre pressure monitoring solution. Via a small sensor fitted on the rim, exact pressure data is recorded and sent to the Goodyear servers for easy access. With this solution, you’re always on top of your tyre pressure and can avoid problems through preventative maintenance. For those fleets whose vehicles make a lot of shorter trips, Goodyear DrivePoint is an excellent alternative. On-valve sensors wirelessly send tyre pressure data to two battery powered receivers, every time they come and go to the yard. Like Goodyear TPMS, the data collected by Goodyear DrivePoint is stored in the Goodyear servers and sent straight to your platfrom of choice. Perfect for those fleets that don’t need constant monitoring, but still want to stay up to date with their tyre conditions.

Check your tyre treads

2. Check your tyre treads

The tread on your tyre is what gives it grip and traction. That’s why maintaining proper tread depth is so important. As a tyre rolls on the road, the rubber on it wears away and the tread becomes more and more shallow. This results in reduced grip and traction, which in turns heightens the possibility of a serious accident.


How to do it right?

Manually checking every tyre in your fleet is time-consuming and mentally taxing, which can lead to mistakes and oversights issues. Luckily, Goodyear has the perfect solution to automate this important process. Goodyear CheckPoint is a fully integrated solution to check your tyre’s condition. Both solutions automatically check your tread depth but Goodyear CheckPoint also analyses your axle and vehicle load.


And when your tyres are worn down? Go for retreading: a sustainable and cost-saving solution.

Person measuring the tyre tread depth
Keep your wheels aligned

3. Keep your wheels aligned

A curb, a pothole in the road or a speed bump. Sometimes that’s all it takes to throw off your wheel alignment.


How to do it right?

Is your vehicle pulling towards the left or the right side? Is your steering wheel vibrating or is it off center, even when driving straight? Then you might have incorrect wheel alignment. Stay aware and turn to a professional to perform a check.

Maintain good driving habits

4. Maintain good driving habits

Different situations ask for different driving habits. Heavy braking, overaccelerating or constantly stopping and starting have a major impact on your tyre wear. By adhering to some good driving habits, you can prevent your tyres from being worn out too soon.


How to do it right?

Drive as smoothly and consistently as possible, avoid excessive accelerating and braking, uneven road surfaces and potholes. And adapt to different weather conditions.

Goodyear truck tyres driving on snowy terrain
Don't overload your vehicle

5. Don’t overload your vehicle

Don’t carry more than you can bear. Regularly overloading your vehicle is not only illegal – it will also damage your tyres, weaken the sidewall and make them more susceptible to failure. Moreover, it can cause you to lose control over your vehicle.


How to do it right?

Your carrying capacity is determined by your vehicle - and since you have chosen tyres in line with those specifications, you can easily check your vehicle’s capacity on your tyre sidewall. Make sure to check it regularly!


Learn how to read all the numbers on your tyre sidewall.


Goodyear tyre markings
Don't mix and match

6. Don't mix and match

It may seem tempting to selected a single tyre for your trucks and mounting it across your tractor and trailer. However this will hurt your performance and carries increased risks while on the road.


How to do it right?

Tyres for trucks come in three varieties, based on the axle they are mounted on: steer, drive and trailer. Each of these position have different requirements to ensure optimal on-road performance.

Store your tyres correctly

7. Store your tyres correctly

You always needs a ready supply of spare tyres. That means you’ll need to store them somewhere. To maintain the strength and quality of your tyres, it’s important to store them correctly.


How to do it right?

Clean your tyres and store them off the ground, lying or standing in a tyre rack. Choose a cool, dry and clean environment, away from chemicals, substances and direct sunlight.


Sounds a lot to take in? Discover how to make your tyre management faster, easier and more cost-efficient with the solutions of Goodyear!

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