Wherever plastic bottles are not used. They are adapted for watering, growing seedlings, accumulating coins. And truckers have their own professional life hack that helps them avoid many problems on the road. Why do seasoned drivers insert plastic bottles into rims - Novate.ru will tell.
What functions does the container perform?
1. Control of the brake system
The bottles are attached to the wheels of cars. Since the loading platform is so long, the tires do not enter the driver's field of vision while driving, and he will not understand if the wheel rim is jammed. In this case, truckers take plastic containers and fasten them to the wheels with nuts or studs to increase the size of the tires. This will make the tires more noticeable while driving, and drivers can easily determine which wheel is not spinning in order to fix the problem in time.
2. Prevent nuts and bolts from freezing
In case of frost, the thread of the wheel stud or nut may freeze. Because of this, it will be simply impossible to remove and replace the tire. We'll have to pour boiling water over the fasteners so that it thaws, and this takes time. It is much easier to install plastic bottles on them. Air is stored inside them, which acts as a heat insulator. It prevents nuts and bolts from freezing so that they can be loosened without problems even in severe frosts.
Theft of wheels and tires is common in the world of truckers. Tires of heavy vehicles are especially popular. The intruders wait for the driver to fall asleep and remove the wheels. Even for one tire, you can get a good "reward". First, however, the thief needs to unscrew the wheels. A bottle will come to the rescue, which will become a kind of alarm and with its sound will attract the attention of a trucker.
4. Replacing the caps if the "relatives" are gone
Caps must be put on the nuts and bolts in order to protect the threads from corrosion due to moisture, dirt and other aggressive factors. True, the caps are lost very easily, but they cost a lot. Resourceful drivers have come up with an alternative - to use plastic container lids. They are great for nuts and bolt caps.
How to avoid becoming a victim of hijackers
However, plastic bottles help not only truckers, but also hijackers. Intruders place the container under the body between the front and rear wheels. The driver is driving and hears suspicious sounds. He gets out of the cab, begins to examine the truck, and this is what the hijackers are counting on. While the trucker finds out the reason, the attacker jumps into the cab, starts the engine and drives off with the goods. In order not to find yourself in a similar situation, be sure to turn off the engine and take out the keys if you are going to get out of the car. We also recommend installing an alarm that instantly triggers on extraneous attempts to steal the car. If you follow all the recommendations, attackers are not afraid of you.
Continuing the topic, be sure to read, for which the rear wheels are raised on heavy wagons.