This summers’ relentless heat wave throughout much of the United States is taking a toll on motor carriers, including a spike in tire blowouts.
Carl Brune, vice president at fuel hauler McKinley Trucking Inc., Carson City, Mich., said tire failures have doubled this year.
Tire failures at Cox Transportation Services, Ashland, Va., have increased about 50% this summer, according to Jay Smith, president.
At Foster’s Tire and Road Service, a truck-tire repair company in Holly Springs, Miss., service calls have gone up at least 25%, said Dwayne Foster, owner.
The heat also has been responsible for an increase in problems with cooling systems, said Jeff Bussanmas of Bussanmas Towing & Recovery, Bevington, Iowa. Water pumps and hoses are the most common failures, resulting in more service calls.