A pressure monitoring system such as Fleet Specialties' Tire Sentry can improve useful tire life, maximizing return on tire investment, says Fleishman. "Tire pressure monitoring systems reduce the likelihood of blowouts on the road caused by undetected pressure loss," he explains. "They can reduce road service calls and costly vehicle downtime. And the government advises that the U.S. could save some 4.2 million gallons of fuel every day just by keeping tires properly inflated."
THINK IT OUT
"A tire maintenance program needs to be well thought out, in written form, well-communicated—everybody understands it—and it's got to have follow up, someone to monitor the program," Jones says. "I've been at some fleets that say they've got a good program and then the tire buster will have a different story."
Walenga offers that a fleet is missing out if they are only going to tire dealer for purchases, and not for added services. "Dealers know this industry and can help fleet managers assess what is best for the fleet," he says.
TIA has an admirable goal of developing training for every type of tire. Bell says the message is that training is important for tire technicians—for safety, for company image, for their customers, and for regulation compliance.
"It's a miracle what tires do," says Anderson. "They are manufactured so well that people take them for granted."
Reason enough to develop and implement an effective tire maintenance program.