Downloadable guide on tyre pressure monitoring for caravans

Environmental, safety and economic benefits for caravan owners We have released a new downloadable guide on the benefits of tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) used in caravans. This guide details the safety, environmental and economic gains of using a TMPS as well as the specifics of which monitor is appropriate for different caravan types. The guide in PDF format is available for download here. This seven page guide will enable caravan owners to better understand the risks of incorrectly inflated tyres and what can be done to reduce these risks. Some of the most common consequences of wrongly inflated tyres … Continue reading

The importance of tyre safety

In 2014, tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) became a legal requirement for all new passenger vehicles manufactured in Europe. Maintaining the correct tyre inflation is important for both fuel efficiency and tyre performance, but this legislation is yet to be extended to commercial vehicles, caravans and trailers. Here, Peter Tillotson, business development manager of TyrePal, discusses the lack of TPMS regulation for alternative vehicles and the impact it is having on fuel consumption, breakdown costs and driver safety. Fuel economy is a prominent issue for any driver. Low tyre pressure means more friction on the road, hence less efficiency. Too … Continue reading

Fuel consumption and tyre pressure

Twenty per cent of a car’s fuel consumption, or one tank in every five, is used to overcome the rolling resistance of tyres, but this increases if tyres are under-inflated.  For commercial vehicles the figure is even higher with a fully loaded HGV using one third of its fuel in overcoming tyre rolling resistance. Low tyre pressure and the resulting increase in rolling resistance leads directly to higher fuel consumption. In a car, tyres under inflated by 15 psi (1 bar) lead to 6% greater fuel consumption. That’s an increase of £150 every year on a fuel spend of £2,500 … Continue reading

Minimise damage from potholes

Hitting a pothole can cause internal tyre damage that may not be immediately apparent, and the damage can be much worse if the tyre’s not at the correct pressure. Pot holes led to an estimated 8,000 insurance claims in 2010 and early signs are that 2011 will exceed this due to the damage caused to roads during the freezing weather. According to AA Insurance the average insurance claim for pothole damage to cars is just over £1,300. If you do hit a pothole it is important to physically check your wheels and tyres as soon as safe to do so.  … Continue reading

£900 fine for dumping tyres on bonfire

A County Down man has been fined £900 for illegally disposing of tyres on a bonfire. Guilty under six charges  brought under The Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, Leonard Nicholsonof Ballykinlar, was fined £150 on each charge at Newry Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay £31 costs. Tyres are classed as controlled waste under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and disposing of them requires a license under the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994. Burning waste tyres on bonfires produces thick clouds of sulphurous black smoke and up to fifty toxic compounds and gases can be produced. … Continue reading

Drivers in the UK are throwing away more than £440 million pounds by driving with under-inflated tyres.

Research by Michelin reveals that poor tyre pressure maintenance is costing UK motorists more than £440million, wasting more than 370 million litres of fuel and pumping an additional 1 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, every year. All of this is before the cost of premature wear on tyres is taken into account. In May 2010, Michelin’s head of communications, Peter Snelling, said: ‘Last year we checked more than 5,000 cars and the results showed that a large percentage of motorists in this country are simply not taking tyre maintenance seriously.  It really is a matter of life and … Continue reading

Environmental statement

Surveys show that up to 90% of vehicles on Britain’s roads have incorrectly inflated tyres, leading to hundreds of deaths and serious injuries, excessive fuel consumption and premature tyre wear. Road transport is the source of 22% of all UK CO2 emission each year. This could be significantly reduced by vehicles having correctly inflated tyres. The environmental impact of incorrect tyre inflation is such that in the UK alone, it leads directly to 4 million tons of unnecessary CO2 emission each year through excessive fuel consumption, and results in 700,000 tyres being wasted through unnecessary wear. TyrePal supply tyre pressure … Continue reading

Tyre pressure and road contact

Correct tyre pressure gives best grip and shortest braking distance. Over-inflation reduces contact and leads to uneven tyre wear. Under-inflation reduces grip and increases braking distance. Cornering is impaired as the tyre tends to roll under the wheel rim. Excess flexing of the sidewall can cause delamination and overheating, leading to a blowout. Under-inflated tyres wear faster and can increase fuel consumption by 10% or more. Correct tyre pressure gives best grip and shortes braking distance 500,000 tonnes of scrap tyres The UK recovered about 500,000 tonnes of scrap tyres in 2009, practically the same as in 2008, according to … Continue reading

500,000 tonnes of scrap tyres

The UK recovered about 500,000 tonnes of scrap tyres in 2009, practically the same as in 2008, according to industry figures released by the Used Tyre Working Group. However, responsible tyre recovery operators have seen profit margins squeezed by market conditions during the recession and have suffered additional pressure from illegal collection and disposal activities. Sophisticated scam disposal rings are using rogue van traders as collectors for large scale operations. The tonnage corresponds to about 5 million tyres being scrapped each year, and industry estimates suggest that almost three quarters of a million are wasted through running at incorrect tyre … Continue reading

TPMS Legislation

Following the spate of fatal rollover accidents involving Ford Galaxys and Firestone tyres in 2000, the US government introduced the TREAD act that required tyre pressure monitoring systems to be fitted to all new cars. This has applied to all cars and light vans sold in the USA since 2008. There are arguments that the legislation was over-hasty as there was no standardised technology available at the time, but after some false starts, it did result in the development of reliable and cost-effective solutions. The European Union has taken a different line with ground-breaking regulations that are concerned with environmental … Continue reading