tires have more contact area with the ground, thus giving your truck a better
grip, both on and off road. Your truck's handling becomes easier because of
the bigger tire width. On the other hand, the same wider truck tire will make
more noise and may decrease the fuel efficiency of your light or heavy duty
truck. Wider tires can also slip more when it rains.
The size of your rim is a personal preference. Popular today
are the larger sized rims. Just make sure that the rim and truck tire you
choose will fit inside the wheel well of your truck. The Wheel Rim Width
varies from truck to truck. It can be custom made to suit both your on and off
road driving conditions. The wheel rim width is rounded off to the nearest
half-inch of the tire. Usually, the best choice is to have the rim width at
about 90% of the tread width of your tire.
Truck Tire Maintenance
The most important safety aspect of maintenance on your truck
is to keep its tires intact and in good shape. A blown tire can cause an
accident in an instant. The number one cause of the tire wear and tear is
incorrect tire pressure. All the tires on your truck should have consistent
air pressure to carry the weight of your truck equally. Adequate air pressure
is important for a good tire life, handling, and traction. Look through your
truck's owners manual, on the sticker inside the drivers door, or look on the
tire itself to find the correct air pressure that you need to maintain inside
your tires. Some of the time that information is given on the vehicle placard
that can be found in the glove box, or the armrest compartment of your truck,
but if you get custom tires for your truck the best place to look is on the
Seasonal changes can affect the air pressure of the tires.
Cold temperatures are responsible for dropping the air pressure of the tires,
whereas warm temperatures are responsible for increasing the air pressure.
Expert truckers go by the rule: a 10% swing in the temperatures causes a 1lb.
change in the air-pressure. Sudden changes in temperature are a good time to
check the pressure of the tires on your truck. These changes occur most often
in the spring and fall months.
You can reduce the wear and tear of your truck's tires by
rotating them often. Rotating your truck's tires keeps the tread wear balanced
and can really help you out when slippery and wet conditions occur. A simple
rule about rotating your tires is to do it on every other oil change. That
equals out to approximately every 6 to 7 thousand miles. Doing this
consistently will make your tires last longer and allow you a comfortable ride
for many, many miles.