Wheel safety specialist Checkpoint has underlined the potential dangers posed by wheel defects, warning that they can lead to as many as 11,000 road incidents each year according to figures from the Transport Research Laboratory.
“With only 68 per cent of drivers operating daily safety checks and five per cent never checking their wheels, the dangers surrounding wheel safety are very real,” warned the company.
“Thanks to a dedicated team of specialists and over 30 years of industry excellence, Checkpoint provides a whole range of innovative products, all with the common theme of visual safety and preventative maintenance.
“Today, the Checkpoint range encompasses a variety of products designed to help ensure that the best wheel safety practices are performed.”
During the winter especially, safety checks and maintenance are more important than ever, the firm adds.
“Commercial vehicles can easily fall victim to rust, dirt, and damage due to changing weather and road conditions. Equally, before even hitting the road, over or under-torquing can result in stretched threads and potential stud shearing. If left unchecked, this damage could even result in stud and wheel detachment.”
The Checkpoint Maintenance range has been formulated to tackle these problems. It includes the Stud and Hub Cleaning Kit, designed to quickly and effectively eliminate corrosion, grease, and dirt from wheel studs and hubs in order to help keep wheel nuts secure and ready for the road.
“Perfect for workshop use, the kit comes with an aluminium tool, three stud cleaning inserts of different sizes, and a universal hub cleaning insert,” said Checkpoint.
“All inserts are replaceable and easily interchangeable.
“This kit will determine the correct nut types for a wheel, and identify issues such as cracks, corrosion and stretched threads. While not always obvious upon visual inspection, the Checkthread can easily discover issues by simply running the tester down the stud and feeling for resistance.”
“Daily checks, re-torquing, and periodic use of Checkpoint’s maintenance range will ensure each vehicle is road ready,” the company added.
“For more on how to check, fit, apply and inspect, check out the Checkpoint Best Practice Guide to Wheel Safety.”
More information on the latest innovations at Checkpoint and the full range of safety kits available is available at the website.