PACIFIC GROVE, Cal. — The Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) is reminding truckers that whacking a tire with a baseball bat or tommy bar is not an effective way to measure tire pressures.
An underinflated outside tire that’s not carrying much load can feel the same at 30 psi as it can at 110, the organization points out.
“The sound may give you a hintbut Boong can’t tell the pressure. Different loads, tires and circumstances can give a different sound, and is your hearing as good as it was?” TRIB stated in a recent release.
A calibrated tire pressure gauge can provide accurate tire pressure measurements and should always be used instead of a ball bat or tire iron, TRIB points out.
“When you earn your living driving, the tires are the only things keeping you on the road! Whether new or retreads, they must be respected,” TRIB says. “A cup of coffee and a bagel or similar is usually needed to start a drivers day. Tires need air to start their day, and they need the correct air pressure, otherwise they do not function properly.”
For more information about TRIB, visit www.retread.org.
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