Wheel loss – the risk is real
Commercial vehicles transport heavy loads for long periods of time. Not only is each trip often long, but they are also frequent. This is particularly true if the vehicle belongs to a company, meaning that the vehicle is usually in constant use. By not inspecting your wheels before each journey, you risk them becoming loose and eventually detaching.
How do wheels detach while driving?
There are a few reasons for wheel loss. Your wheel nuts could have become loose, or perhaps there is an axle fracture. Other reasons include a hub separation or fastening failures. These problems are concerning due to the heavy loads carried and long, frequent distances lorries drive. This is why regular maintenance inspections and regular inspections by the driver are essential.
Will we be liable if a wheel loss occurs on our fleet?
Your are responsible for their vehicles. If you do not properly maintain it, any accident caused with this as a contributing factor will mean your company will be liable to pay any damages. By simply inspecting and using budget-friendly wheel nut indicators and retainers, you can minimise the risk of wheel detachment and protect everyone involved.
How can I stop wheel loss?
To prevent wheel detachment, ensure your drivers are equipped with the correct safety tools and training. While they are driving, there is nothing that can be done to stop a wheel detachment if the vehicle is ill-prepared. Regular inspections ensure the integrity of the wheel. The most common cause for wheel loss is when wheel nuts become loose in transit. By attaching Wheel Sentry® wheel nut indicators that also act as retainers, you can make inspections simple – and stay safe on the road.
Can I really implement best practice?
Of course you can – but regular inspections are just the start. The best way to encourage drivers to demonstrate the right behaviours is to encourage and them to be safe. Provide incentives. Give them the training they need in a consistent, engaging manner with plenty of room for different learning styles. Give them visual reminders and refresher training.
Ensure your drivers get to their destination safely by positively enforcing best practice. Drivers who are concerned over time pressures and rushing to achieve targets are more likely to skip inspections and be involved in an incident. Healthy, happy drivers are the ones that will serve your business for years to come.