Christmas deliveries and closure

The last day for ordering before Christmas is 21st December

Orders placed up to midday on 21st December will be despatched as normal using Royal Mail First Class delivery service. For deliveries in mainland UK, these should arrive in time for Christmas. If you prefer, you can select next day delivery service at the on-line checkout.

No orders will be despatched between 22nd December and 3rd January due to Christmas shutdown. Our office will close from midday on 23rd December, and reopens in the New Year on Tuesday 3rd January.

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 include uneven tyre wear, increased fuel consumption, bigger braking distances as well as decreased grip and cornering ability. Tyre pressure monitoring is critical in twin-axle caravans as a punctured tyre can lead to a blow out if left undetected. This can lead to extensive damage.

A TMPS is particularly important in towed caravans because the driver is unable to get a feel through the tow-ball for the inflation of the tyres. There is no way of making a visual check for tyre pressure without using a TPMS.

“Incorrectly inflated tyres are a top cause of insurance claims for caravan road traffic accidents,” explained Peter Tillotson, business development manager of TyrePal. “The release of this guide will enable caravan owners to understand the implications of incorrectly inflated tyres and to minimise the risk of accidents as well as reduce fuel cost and breakdowns.

“Tyre pressure monitoring systems are the only way to track the caravan tyre pressure and temperature in real time,” continued Tillotson. “The system can warn drivers of a potential blow out before the risk becomes critical.”

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.

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Fuel economy is a prominent issue for any driver. Low tyre pressure means more friction on the road, hence less efficiency. Too much air pressure can create an oval shaped tyre and shorten wear time.

Twenty per cent of a car’s fuel consumption is used to overcome rolling resistance, but this increases if tyres are under-inflated. For commercial vehicles, this figure is even higher, with a fully-loaded HGV using one third of its fuel to overcome rolling resistance. While the current legislation helps reduce fuel consumption for passenger vehicles, HGV drivers and fleet managers are left to do their own research into the products that could help save them money.

As of 2015, if a passenger vehicle registered after January 2012 has a faulty TPMS, or the system has been removed, the car will fail its MOT. The UK’s MOT test is designed to analyse the safety of a vehicle, which suggests that having a working TPMS is crucial. This asks the following question: why would a TPMS be any less important for a commercial vehicle?

The reality is that, if anything, there is more to gain from having a tyre pressure monitoring system on a commercial vehicle than a passenger one.

Highways England estimates that as many as 3,600 accidents and 20 per cent of all breakdowns are directly related to flat tyres or low tyre pressure. Because of a HGV’s size, they have the potential to cause even more serious incidents if the driver loses control of the vehicle.

UK HGVs are required by law to conduct daily checks before they start their journey, but a puncture can occur at any time. If the legislation was to be extended, drivers would get updates on the pressure and temperature status of their tyres while on the road. This would allow drivers to remedy the situation before the low or high pressure causes a serious incident.

Extending the legislation to commercial vehicles, caravans and trailers has been debated, but it seems there are too many barriers to overcome. For traditional TPMS to work in trailer and caravan applications there needs to be a universal protocol so every make and model of vehicle can communicate with every trailer. The majority of drivers will change their trailer dependent of the load they’re transporting. As there is no universal protocol, drivers might need a different TPMS for each trailer and they would have to take the time to change the system before each journey.

Another problem with the existing regulation is that currently, TPMS have 60 minutes to alert the driver when tyre pressure drops by 20 per cent in more than one tyre. If the tyre pressure is decreasing rapidly, the alert would come too late for the driver to act. While there are instant alert systems available, such as the TyrePal range, these are not mandatory as part of the legislation.

Unfortunately, the current legislation is designed specifically for passenger vehicles, so the answer isn’t to extend existing rules HGVs, trailers and caravans. The legislation needs to be adapted, or a new set of requirements created for these alternative vehicles.

Although there are no legal requirements as of yet, fleet managers should take matters into their own hands by installing a TPMS in every vehicle. This will give them peace of mind that drivers and vehicles are safe and they’re not wasting huge amounts of fuel or causing unwanted downtime every year.

For further information contact: Peter Tillotson, TyrePal, Wheel Solutions Limited, 2 Upper Keys Business Park, Keys Park Road, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS12 2GE
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About TyrePal: TyrePal Ltd is the UK’s leading supplier of after-market and OEM tyre pressure monitoring systems, specialising in tyre pressure monitoring systems for all types of vehicle.

As a TPMS specialist, TyrePal is totally independent of all tyre manufacturers or tyre service providers. The company supplies tyre pressure monitoring systems to private and commercial end users, to original equipment manufacturers and to service providers such as telematics and fleet tyre service providers.

TyrePal is a subsidiary of Wheel Solutions Limited.

 

Trailer check

TyrePal solves tyre inflation problems for HGV freight trailers

British firm TyrePal is launching a new tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) to help OEM trailer builders and trailer fleet operators tackle the problem of tyre blowouts on HGV freight trailers.

The TyrePal trailer TPMS indicator consists of TyrePal sensors on each tyre and a robust indicator that can be mounted inside or outside the trailer. The indicator can operate independently of the truck to provide an immediate visual and audible alert when the sensors report rapid pressure loss, tyre overheating, under-inflation or over-inflation.

“Due to the weight distribution and design of HGV trailers, especially double-decker trailers, if tyres pick up slow punctures, they often go unnoticed until it is too late,” explains Peter Tilliotson, business development manager of TyrePal. “When the improperly inflated tyre is forced to work, it heats up and can cause blowouts. This leads to downtime and risks hazard to the driver and other road users. Apart from being very unsafe it will also increase fuel usage significantly.”

TyrePal trailer TPMS indicator

TyrePal trailer TPMS indicator

The device operates on an internal battery – automatically recharged when power is available, either from the trailer supply or by connection to the trailer lights.

When the trailer is not in use, the indicator goes into a sleep mode and automatically turns back on when there is any vibration, for example the opening of trailer doors. This means that it can remain on standby for up to ten weeks on a single charge.

The system can communicate with a TyrePal TeleTPMS module to provide complete on-line monitoring of the trailer from the fleet office, including full GPS tracking. This allows fleet managers to track their vehicles and monitor tyre pressure remotely.

TyrePal would like to invite trailer builders, rental and transport companies to stand 4K50 at the Commercial Vehicle Show to get a first look at the TyrePal trailer TPMS indicator.

TyrePal commercial Tyre Sensors

TyrePal commercial Tyre Sensors

Reduce repair, fuel and breakdown costs with TPMS

TyrePal releases infographic explaining the benefits of TPMS

Tyre pressure monitoring specialist, TyrePal, has published an infographic explaining the repair, fuel and breakdown savings that can be made by using a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The infographic also features surprising statistics on the amount of fuel used as a result of mechanical friction and aerodynamic resistance. The asset can be downloaded, free of charge, as a PDF file here.

33 per cent of a fully-loaded heavy goods vehicle’s fuel usage can be traced back to overcoming the rolling resistance of tyres, but this increases if tyres are under-inflated. If a vehicle’s tyre is under-inflated by 15 pounds per square inch (psi), it can lead to 6 per cent greater fuel consumption and a cost increase of £150 every year, on a fuel spend of £2,500 per year.

“Despite the importance of tyre pressure for fuel economy, a large proportion of all vehicles are driven with under-inflated tyres,” explained Peter Tillotson, business development manager at TyrePal. “The advantages of using a tyre pressure monitoring system are not limited to reducing fuel consumption, but can also minimise the risk of breakdowns and blowouts caused by under-inflated tyres.

“Tyre failure is the most common reason for the breakdown of commercial vehicles. Breakdowns can have an effect on the whole business, leading to disrupted schedules and poor customer service. Most importantly, it also puts drivers’ well-being at risk.”

TyrePal’s TPMS comprises of a set of sensors, which replace the dust caps on each wheel, and an in-cab monitor that displays the pressure of the tyres simultaneously. TyrePal also supplies a remote monitoring system, TeleTPMS, which allows fleet managers to keep check the location and tyre pressure of all vehicles from a remote location.

Six ways that TyrePal reduces fleet costs

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.

Saving fuel

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.

Reducing breakdowns

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.

Blowouts

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.

Saving tyres

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.

Tyre Fires

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.

Saving time

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.

 

Very very scary blowout on Spanish motorway

Unsolicited comment from Pete Dallow

Very very scary blowout on Spanish motorway in our motorhome in December. Much more frightening in retrospect, what might have happened?

Ordered TyrePal system by email from Portugal. Absolutely brilliant service, great communication, even honoured an out of date discount scheme! Next day delivery to friends in UK, fitted in Portugal, using very comprehensive downloaded set up details.

Now working perfectly, real peace of mind. Thank you so much.

Fleet wide tyre pressure monitoring with TeleTPMS

Monitoring tyre pressure from fleet office

Monitoring tyre pressures from fleet office

HGV breakdown

Helps to reduce breakdowns

Tanker fire caused by blowout

Monitors temperature as well as pressure

TyrePal TeleTPMS enables the fleet manager to monitor all tyres in the fleet from a central location without relying on individual drivers.

With tyres correctly inflated, fuel economy improves, the danger of breakdown is reduced and tyre life is extended.

Tyre failure is one of the biggest causes of breakdown in commercial vehicle fleets, because punctures often go unnoticed until a breakdown occurs.

TyrePal TeleTPMS gives a clear alert for any problem, so the issue can be dealt with before it causes serious damage, disruption or even a tyre fire.

The system not only checks while the vehicle is in motion, but continues to check while parked, so the current status of tyres is available before the vehicle is loaded.