5 Tire Safety Tips for Commercial Drivers

Written by Eric Jones,

The winter weather is upon us and it’s time to begin thinking about maintaining traction on icy road surfaces. The U.S. Department of transportation has compiled the following list of tips for keeping your tires in good working condition.

Tire inspection – Examine your tires each day for the following:

  • Irregular tread wear
  • Cracking
  • Bulges
  • Inadequate tread depth
  • Cuts
  • Foreign objects
  • Other damage

Inflation pressure – Improper inflation pressure affects tire wear and fuel efficiency

  • Gauge tires when they are cold before each trip and adjust as necessary


  • Use only approved tire and rim combinations of the appropriate width and diameter
  • Mismatched components may explode leading to injury or death

Extreme loading

  • Overloading or under inflation causes excessive heat build-up and internal structural damage that can lead to immediate or premature failure


  • Tires have a speed rating and excessive speed will lead to damage and/or premature failure

In poor driving conditions even the most experienced commercial drivers encounter challenges in maintaining control. Vehicle and tire traction can be enhanced with several different types of equipment. Check out our guide with the pros and cons of each solution.

Comparing methods to increase traction


Truck driver safety

Eric Jones

About Eric Jones

Eric is the Global Sales Director for the Onspot brand. He has over 15 years of industry experience and received an MBA from Ball State University. Eric enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and being active outdoors. On the weekend, you can normally find Eric enjoying a craft beer with food sizzling on the grill.


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