Back in 2013 I was contacted by Chet Cline, the principal of the Air CTI company, which specialises in tyre inflation technology for the Australian trucking industry.
We use runners for running, slippers for relaxing, work boots for work, and flip flops for the beach. If you want to walk on soft snow, use snowshoes that spread the load over a large area.
Transport is an amazing business. We invest millions of dollars, work super long hours, put up with other drivers that should never have gotten a license, suffer from over-zealous regulators, and then are ripped off with high rego bills, stamp tax, tolls and fuel tax. Sometimes I wonder why we do it?
The way that rubber meets and reacts with the road affects every component and every aspect of your truck’s performance and operation.
Our government wants us to be more careful, to fill out endless paperwork, to create huge procedures all aimed at ‘zero road deaths’ without any repercussions or responsibilities for them. They seem to think that we cause all the suffering and trauma. But what about their responsibilities?
A friend gave me a business improvement book a few years ago. It explained that most of us that work for ourselves were successful up to a point, because we are good at doing the work. But, if you are like me, we get busier and busier, until we have too much work.
What tyre pressure are you running in your steer, drive, and trailer tyres? If it is 100 psi, like most do, your steer tyres are 20 per cent under inflated, which increases tyre temperature, and reduces steering accuracy. The drive tyres are 33 to 300 per cent over inflated, and the trailer tyres are 85 to 400 per cent over inflated.
Doing it the old way costs time, money and limits your income. Whether you’re digging ditches, machining, welding, fixing your truck or transporting product. No one would dig a ditch with a shovel, or expect to be competitive without a CNC machine, or weld up something with oxy.
Today I want to talk about something completely different: our roads and the damage they do to our health and our trucks.
Safety is supposed to be the most important issue for any business, especially transport. We are supposed to ‘do everything reasonably practical’ to improve safety, but, are we?