According to FMCSA, there is a lack of data about tire pressure maintenance practices on commercial vehicles, so the “problem” of improper inflation is not yet well understood. As a result, many fleet officials are simply left to guess how much tire monitoring systems will help.
On the other hand, many fleets take great care in selecting a specific tire pressure for their vehicles, depending on the expected load, road conditions and weather. If tires are not properly inflated and maintained, vehicle safety, performance and fuel economy—not to mention your bottom line—will suffer.
Good managers are going to make the best use of their tools, and today’s TPMS can save fleets money on system procurement and maintenance costs, total direct costs avoided with properly maintained tires, tire installation costs, associated downtime and costs from improved safety. If you’re buying a new light-duty vehicle, you’re going to get one anyway, so you might as well get the one you want.