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)

5 Top Bluetooth Sensors Optimizing Fleet Data

Bluetooth technology is revolutionizing the way fleets manage their vehicles.

With the help of Bluetooth sensors, trucking operations can monitor their vehicles in real-time, improving efficiency and safety on the road.  With an ELD in the vehicle, the Bluetooth-based alerts can be sent directly to the driver’s tablet. Let’s explore the top Bluetooth sensors used in trucks and trailers.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Sensors: TPMS sensors monitor the tire pressure of each tire on a truck or trailer and alert the driver if the pressure falls below a certain level. This helps to prevent tire failure and increase fuel efficiency. Bluetooth TPMS sensors are easy to install and provide real-time monitoring for all the tires.
Tire and Wheel Sensors: By tracking the temperature and vibration of wheel hubs on trucks and trailers, machine learning algorithms can detect damaged or low-pressure tires, bearing wear, brake issues, and wheel imbalance. This information can be used to prevent serious accidents before they happen by providing real-time updates to fleet managers and drivers.
Trailer Monitoring Sensors: Trailer monitoring sensors provide real-time information about the load on a trailer, including weight, temperature, humidity, and doors. This information can be used to optimize the load and prevent overloading, which can cause damage to the trailer and the load.
Fuel Monitoring Sensors: Bluetooth sensors can be a vital part of a fuel monitoring system providing real-time information about the fuel level in a truck or trailer. This information can be used to optimize fuel consumption and reduce waste. Bluetooth fuel monitoring sensors can alert drivers when the fuel level is low or when there is a sudden change in fuel consumption.
Driver Fatigue Sensors: Some driver fatigue sensors use Bluetooth to monitor the driver’s biometric data. This data is used to determine if a driver is becoming fatigued, and if so, an alarm can be triggered to alert the driver to take a break.

Bluetooth sensors play a crucial role in improving the efficiency and safety of heavy-duty trucks and trailers. They are easy to install, making them cost-effective to deploy and use. With real-time monitoring and alerts, drivers and fleets can make informed decisions that can increase profits, reduce costs, and improve safety on the road.

Don’t wait, invest in Bluetooth sensors today and experience the benefits for yourself!  Contact us today!

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