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How to not get taken advantage of as an OTR trucker: Roadside Edition


Commercial truck with blown out tire on roadside

No one wants their tire to blow requiring them to get emergency road service from a tire shop; however, it happens. Follow these tips to ensure you're not getting the short end of the stick from tire roadside service providers.


  • Keep a spare tire

Having a spare tire allows you to avoid purchasing a new one, so all you have to pay for are the service charges.


  • Know how and what to ask for from providers

Negotiate with providers close to your location, ask for options such as premium, import, new, used, virgin, or recap tires, and express your willingness to go with another provider.


  • Invest in a dual tire pressure equalization system

Dual tire pressure equalization systems make pre-trips easier in addition to maintaining enough air pressure to safely make it to the nearest tire shop if any roadside tire emergency arises.


  • Set up a national account with any specific tire brand

National accounts ensure your prices are the same no matter where you go.


  • Repair or replace your own tire

If you have the know-how and all the tools needed, you can repair/replace your own tire to avoid roadside services entirely. To learn how to change your tire, click here.


GTT Commercial Tires offers flat-rate emergency roadside services. Click here to call now!

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