Benefits of Proper Trailer Tire Pressure
Low air pressure in your tires can result in erratic wear and is the number one cause of tire failures. In addition, properly inflated tires extend tire casing life, which results in less overheating and fewer blowouts.
The required braking distances is increased with low trailer tire pressure and can dramatically affect steering and handling. According to the Society of Automotive Engineers, 260,000 accidents, resulting in 79 deaths and 10,6000 injuries, occurs each year as a result of low tire pressure.
The Tire Maintenance Council states that tires running 10 percent under-inflated lose up to 16 percent of their tread life. Trailer tires that under-inflated by 30 percent lost up to 10 percent fuel economy.
Time is also saved with proper trailer tire pressure. The average amount of time spent on the highway due to a flat trailer tire is 3-4 hours. Not only this, roadside repairs cost an average of $400+. Having properly inflated trailer tires preserves casing resulting in the ability to increase retreads.
So, What is the Proper Trailer Tire Pressure?
Many may be wondering, “What really is the correct trailer tire pressure?” This question can get you quite a variety of answers. The correct trailer tire pressure should be stamped on the tire, located on the data plate of the vehicle. It is also in the owner’s manual.
Proper trailer tire pressure is however much, or however little, it takes to achieve even tread wear. If you are achieving “even” tread wear, your trailer tires will run cooler, last longer, ride more comfortably and be much more efficient on fuel consumption than if they are under- or over-inflated.
The first step is to ensure you have the correct weight rated tires on your trailer. The load carrying capacity will be stamped on the tire. If you multiply that by the number of tires on the trailer, you can be certain that it equals or exceeds the GVWR of the trailer.
How to Check Trailer Tire Pressure
To check the trailer tire pressure:
- Load the trailer completely.
- Inflate the tires to the recommended pressure as listed on the sidewall of the tire.
- Inspect the trailer tire for bagging or bulging. If there is none, proceed to the next step.
- Take your trailer for a test drive. Drive it several miles and check for heat in the tires. If it is uncomfortable to the touch, they are under-inflated. Heat is the worst enemy of a tire. Heat causes 99 percent of all blowouts.
- Check the wear patter of your trailer tires. After a several hundred mile trip, check to see the wear pattern. If there is more wear in the center of the tread, it is over-inflated. If both edges of the tread are wearing more than the center, it is under-inflated.
These are just a few of the many reasons why proper trailer tire pressure important, especially during the winter months. Contact Gooseneck Trailers with the link below for more information!