Analysis of fleet costs by TyrePal show that thousands of pounds can be saved by effective tyre pressure monitoring, but these savings are often under-estimated.
Fuel use increases dramatically if tyres are under-inflated, so maintaining correct pressures is really important. 10% under-inflation leads to a 1% increase in fuel use.
TyrePal sensors check pressure and temperature every few seconds while the vehicle is in use, and adjustable alert levels mean that a clear warning is given for any divergence from the optimum pressures. TeleTPMS empowers managers to control tyre pressures and can result in year on year fuel savings.
Very often, breakdown reduction is the biggest saving. This is especially true where service disruption is costly, or where punctures are a frequent occurrence. Docksides, building sites, refuse and scrap yards are all environments where it is only too easy to pick up a puncture that can go unnoticed until it later results in a roadside breakdown. Early warning from the TyrePal system means action can be taken before service is disrupted.
Hundreds of deaths and serious injuries are caused on Britain’s roads by wrongly inflated tyres. A blowout can easily cause loss of control and a serious accident, yet practically all blowouts are predictable and could be prevented. They are invariably caused by a tyre being over-stressed. Heat builds up, the side-wall begins to de-laminate and eventually, the tyre bursts. This can easily be detected long before it becomes critical so that action can be taken.
Just 10% under-inflation causes tyre wear to increase by 10%. When tyres are run for any destance seriously under-inflated – for example from a slow puncture – the sidewall can be permanently damaged and the casing is a write-off. All of this can be avoided by proper management of tyre pressures.
Binding brakes or bearings can easily cause a tyre to overheat to ignition temperature. Tyre fires can also be caused by the heating effect of an under-inflated tyre. TyrePal monitors temperature as well as pressure and gives an alert long before the ignition temperature is reached.
Unlike other systems, TyrePal commercial fleet systems continue to check while the vehicles are parked. This saves time on walk-round checks and also means that the tyre status can be known even before the vehicle or trailer is loaded. A hand-held reader can be used to quickly check the pressures of a vehicle in the yard, or the TeleTPMS system can provide continuous monitoring to the fleet office.