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5 things to consider when buying a Construction Tire – Important factors

Tires are the most important safety feature of any vehicle as it's the only thing that connects the vehicle to the road.

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Choose the right tires

This can not be stressed enough! When choosing the right tire, you need to take a couple of things into consideration such as the load capacity, the working conditions and the duration they are expected to work for. Ensure that when choosing the tire that it is made for your vehicle type. For example, when choosing a forklift tire, there are a variety of tires ideal for the machine, but they vary depending on the surface that the forklifts will be on, either indoors or outdoors. Make your dealer aware of the application of your machine and select the correct tire for that specific application.

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Where to buy

Buying tires, whether new or second hand from a trusted source is imperative. Industrial tire manufacturers usually sell a range of tires and they are completely reliable, such as GRI Tires. You could also purchase from dealers in your town, as opposed to purchasing online. Purchasing online or purchasing from an unreliable source can be costly. This would avoid putting lives at risk. It would be cost effective and safe to buy from reliable sources.

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Maintenance

Owners and drives should be given sufficient and adequate training on how to maintain and service tires. Tire checks and maintenance should be carried out daily, if not, once a week, during which cracks, abrasions or any notable wear and tear on the tire should be noted down. If repairs are necessary, discontinue use of that tire immediately, as continuing to use it will put the vehicle and the driver at risk. Continuing to run without such repairs would most certainly make render the tire useless and unrecoverable in no time. Remember that if you continue using a tire which clearly needs to be repaired, you will shorten the lifespan of the vehicle as well.

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Fuel

Tires that are not properly inflated or are used in the wrong surfaces tend to use up a larger quantity of fuel. To ensure the maximum consumption of fuel is used, the air pressure of the tires should be monitored regularly so there won't be any unnecessary stress on the tires which will result in a higher fuel consumption.

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Tread Wear

The maximum lifespan of your tire depends on a variety of things which include the climate, road conditions, driving habits, maintenance, load capacity. Roads with potholes, curbs and other similar conditions will cause your tire to wear out much faster than they are meant to.

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