Inferior Drive Tires Almost Killed Feeder Driver

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by olroadbeech, Jul 13, 2014.

  1. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    Friday, during rainstorm, one of our experienced feeder drivers was almost killed when he lost control of tractor and crashed.

    the drive tires are of poor design. the tread is closed so there is nowhere for water or snow and ice to escape. this was brought to managements attention last winter.

    after careful study they decided to change to a much better tire but the swap out has been very slow.

    almost killed a driver. maybe they will wake up and change these tires before the snow flies. now, before you haters chime in about the driver, he is very experienced and has plenty of time with rain and snow. the tires are just a bad design.

    drivers are talking about sick outs for the first snow.
  2. Gumby

    Gumby *

    Let's see,how serious the company Is about "safety"!
    All steering tires should be replaced immediately,if they are truly that dangerous!
  3. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    Cheap/worn/poorly designed tires are an easy fix. All you need is a hammer and a screwdriver.
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    QKRSTKR Active Member

    It's not the steering tires, it's the drive tires on tractors. No escape channel for water. Terrible design. Glad I have them on the tractor I'm driving. Now I'll slow down even more when it's raining.

    QKRSTKR Active Member

    Can't imagine how bad they will be in winter. Ups is being very cheap when it come to tires. They won't change them out till the tread is low enough. Tractor last year I drove had literally 4 different tires on the drive axle. Crazy
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  6. Gumby

    Gumby *

    Their are no tier 1 accidents in feeders! Who has to get killed,a family of five in a mini van! Before the issue is corrected!

    That's a friggin sin!
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  7. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    Its like we work for 2 different companies.

    I have a mud/snow route and when winter starts I write my pkg car up for new tires and they give them to me even if my old ones are only half worn out. The mechanic says its easy to do because they need to have partially worn spares on hand to match up with cars that get flats.
  8. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    Exactly why I would never go into feeders, whole lot of truck to be responsible for in crappy weather.
  9. feeder05

    feeder05 Active Member

    that's why when we get terrible weather I slow down…I've gone as slow as 50 mph when it's been a down pour. My time on road is my time.
  10. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    I shut it down for 50 minutes on Thursday because it was raining so hard. Couldn't see in front of you at all and traffic was getting backed up and congested. I called the supe and told him I was shutting it down til it let up. Totally not worth my life, they will just have to get over it. My life is more important, sorry bout your luck Chuck lol.
  11. muthatrucka

    muthatrucka Member been complaining about this same thing for at least a year. A mechanic told me my steer tires shake on the interstate b/c they r cheap. $$ over safety.
  12. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    Until they get a super big lawsuit against them after somebody gets hurt real bad because of them.
  13. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    last winter they were horrible. after a half mile in snow , the tread was completely iced. it was like a slick drag tire. very little control.

    we had to put chains on just to get out of the yard.
  14. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    I forgot to add that the driver was in the hospital with head injury but they were able to release him late Friday night.
  15. Gumby

    Gumby *

    By popular demand,bring the bouncing boobs back!

    I took alot of crap by asking you to change your avatar.

    I was just messing with you!

    1BROWNWRENCH Amateur Malthusian

    There seems to be an issue with the 225/70R19.5 steer tires that our tire recapper can't resolve. I always specify NEW on my requisitions for them and, knock on wood, they are filling them as requested. I won't even put the recaps on if I get them instead.
    Tractor STEER tires are usually Bridgestones and they are far from cheap. No recaps in that position by law.
  17. MaceFremonti

    MaceFremonti Active Member

    One of our twin screw Kenworths has those tires just on the right side and the decent Bridgestones on the left. I was just talking about that issue with those tires to the guy that drives it on Friday....

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    1BROWNWRENCH Amateur Malthusian

    Not a good idea to have mixed manufacture tires side to side.
  19. greengrenades

    greengrenades To be the man, you gotta beat the man.

    I'm in feeders, still a rookie. How can I tell if I have the inferior tires? I can tell tread depth and all that but is there a way to judge these inferior ones? I do know they put those tires on some tractors that the tread is just a straight line. I always thought those were kind of shady. I was on the road several weeks ago and went around a curve and it felt like the tractor kept moving straight for a bit then it kept going, I thought I was just scaring myself but maybe I had those tires on there.
  20. ChickenLegs

    ChickenLegs Safety Expert

    What could the driver have done to prevent this?

    No tire is immune from hydroplaning.