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Reduce Tire Costs With a Tire Management System

Reduce Tire Costs

Fleets Who Focus on Tire Management Can Increase Savings and Improve Overall Performance

This year it’s anticipated that fleets will continue to face rising prices and extreme revenue pressures. As a way to combat these pressures, proper tire management is one area that can reduce operational costs.

Tires should be viewed as assets, and be managed properly from selection to disposal to maximize their value versus a material simply being bought and used. Fleets should establish a tire management system to track the true cost of each tire and ensure that they get the most value out of their investment.

A tire management system should begin with tire selection, considering the vehicle’s specific needs, routes, and the climate. Selecting a tire specific to the application will enhance efficiency and profitability. Tire dealers can be a great resource for fleets to ensure that they are getting the best for their dollar.

Another important way to improve your investment is by using tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) which, thanks to the introduction of Bluetooth technology, have become more accessible and affordable to incorporate. With this new TPMS technology, gone are the days of complex and time-consuming installations.  Now sensors can simply be screwed on to the stem valves and can connect to the cloud via an ELD or other tracking device.

Inflation pressure is always the most important factor of tire maintenance relative to tire costs. Correct inflation will help to maximize the ability to retread a tire while minimizing wear and the tire’s contribution to fuel economy rolling resistance. According to the FMCSA, only 46% of heavy commercial vehicle tires are inflated within five psi of target pressure and only 38% of trailer tires.*

A TPMS will eliminate the 10–20-minute manual tire pressure check, reduce wear and tear, and help prevent tire blowouts and other tire-related accidents. By constantly monitoring tire pressure and alerting drivers to any issues, it also reduces the costs associated with tire damage and downtime.

Tire expenses will always be a way of life for fleet managers. Therefore, it only makes sense to establish procedures designed to control them. A good tire maintenance program, incorporating management strategies and TPMS technology, will enhance tire efficiency and profitability. Fleets can increase savings and improve overall performance by focusing on tire management.

Contact Pedigree Technologies to get started on your own tire management system.

*(FMCSA – 2002 study, cited by NACFE 2020)

Simplify Your Waste Management Processes with Bluetooth Tags

Simplify Your Waste Management Processes

Track Your Waste Bins with Efficiency

Waste companies are responsible for managing the collection and disposal of waste from homes, businesses, and other public spaces. To be effective, they need to keep track of hundreds or thousands of waste bins, which can be a complex and time-consuming process. This is where Bluetooth tags come in — they offer an efficient and cost-effective solution for tracking bins, improving the waste management process in several ways.

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Provide Accurate Location
  Bluetooth tags can provide the location data of where each bin was dropped off to enable waste companies to monitor bin locations better. Using Bluetooth tags instead of current manual processes, waste companies can effectively address the logistical challenges of managing bins throughout the waste company’s territory.
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Prevent Service and Billing Issues
  Trucks equipped with a telematics device or a tablet that supports Bluetooth will not only automatically record the location of where the bin was dropped but also record the date and time to provide an accurate record of when a service was provided. This empowers waste companies in cases where there are disputes over when a service was performed or when a customer disputes a bill. In addition, if the date and time stamp are linked to a billing system, this data can be used to automate billing processes, reducing the time and effort required to generate invoices.
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  One of the biggest advantages of Bluetooth tags compared to other tracking technologies, such as GPS, is that they are very cost-effective. Not only are they relatively inexpensive to install and maintain, tags require little in the way of additional equipment or infrastructure. Typically, you will find Bluetooth tags priced at about a third of the price of GPS tracking solutions.
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Small, Easy to Install Devices
  Finally, Bluetooth tags require less power and use smaller batteries as compared to GPS trackers, making them much smaller. You can now find Bluetooth tags as small as the diameter of a quarter with the ability to last five years! Because they are so small, tags are easier to attach, are more discreet, and won’t protrude beyond bin framing.

Bluetooth tags are a valuable tool for waste management companies, allowing them to improve operations, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. By using Bluetooth tags, waste management companies can ensure that their operations are running smoothly and meeting the needs of their customers while improving their operational efficiency.

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Stay Focused, Stay Safe: Observing Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Understanding the Risks and Consequences of Distracted Driving and How You Can Help Prevent It

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and all drivers, including the trucking industry, must recognize the serious consequences of distracted driving on the road. Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents and fatalities in the trucking industry, and it’s crucial that we take steps to address this issue.

The first step in preventing driving distractions is education. Drivers must be aware of the dangers of distracted driving and its impact on themselves, their cargo, and other motorists on the road. Training programs should be implemented to educate drivers on the risks of distractions and the steps they can take to avoid it.

It’s also important for companies to establish strict policies against distracted driving. Companies should make it clear to their drivers that distracted driving will not be tolerated and enforce strict consequences for any violations. This can include suspension, termination, or other disciplinary measures.

Technology can also play a role in preventing driving distractions. Many trucking companies are now utilizing telematics systems that monitor driver behavior, including distractions such as cell phone use or eating while driving. These systems can alert the driver and the company if they detect distracted behavior, allowing immediate action.

It’s important for the trucking industry to recognize the impact of fatigue on distracted driving. Fatigue can impair a driver’s ability to stay focused on the road, increasing the risk of accidents. Companies should encourage drivers to take breaks and rest when they feel fatigued and implement policies that limit the number of hours drivers can spend on the road.

Distracted driving is a serious issue that affects the entire trucking industry. By implementing education and training programs, strict policies, technology, and fatigue management, we can work together to reduce the risks of distracted driving and ensure safer roads for all. Let’s make this Distracted Driving Awareness Month the start of a renewed commitment to safety on the road.

Are you interested in learning how Pedigree Technologies can help you and your fleet combat distracted driving? Connect with one of our expert team members to discuss our scorecards, camera solutions, in-cab alerts and so much more.

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