The U.S. has the second largest construction market in the world, coming in at approximately $900 billion. A large part of that is the equipment used by construction crews every day on the job, but sometimes even they need upgrades.
One of the most important things for a construction vehicle to have is tire traction. They’re often working in slippery conditions, so traction is essential or safety. Here are a few ways to increase the amount of traction on construction vehicles.
Grousers are simple devices that are designed specifically to give more traction to continuous tracks, especially in loose material. Grouser bar materials are typically metal or rubber, and can even be added as grips to the tracks of certain machines. And they’re not just used in construction, either. Military vehicles like tanks typically use grouser bar tracks in order to gain more traction in loose or slippery materials.
Check Tire Wear Bars
Wear bar definition checks are some of the most important checks to perform on any vehicle. Tire wear bars are placed between tire treads and serve as a marker for when tires need to be changed out because they’re going bald. The higher the amount of wear bar definition, the longer your tires will last. If you can’t tell the difference between your tread and the tire wear bar, then you’re out of luck.
Proper Tire Application
Above all else, it’s important to make sure you have the correct tires on any vehicle for the season or conditions you plan to be working in. A snowy environment calls for snow tires, as they give more control and traction in the slippery material. The treads on your tires should suit the work environment no matter what. In addition, air pressure in your tires can play a large role in traction, so make sure you’re checking that as well.
These are just a few of the things you should pay attention to when considering traction in your construction vehicles. Don’t forget to check those tires!