Top three advantages of tyre pressure monitoring

Business Development Manager | TyrePal

Formula One pit crews can change a tyre in less than three seconds.  This impressive achievement is difficult to replicate outside the track; instead, tyre maintenance in real life situations is a time-consuming and costly issue.

The condition of tyres is the second most common reason for failed MOTs, as well as one of the most common reasons for road accidents.  This article discusses the top three things commercial vehicle owners can improve using tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS).

Between 75 and 80 percent of European vehicles have under-inflated tyres.  Since 2014, the European Parliament stipulated that all new cars have to be fitted with a TPMS. Unfortunately, the regulations continue to exclude commercial vehicles, despite the risk of tyre failures in commercial vehicles being just as serious, if not more so, than in personal vehicles.

Reduce vehicle breakdown

The British Automobile Association (AA) cites tyre under-inflation and punctures as the second most common cause for vehicle breakdown, after flat batteries.  An under-inflated tyre isn’t easily noticeable in a small commercial vehicle, let alone when it comes to heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).  For this reason, tyre problems often leave even experienced commercial drivers broken down by the side of the road.

When a tyre blowout does occur, it’s not necessarily just the tyre itself that is damaged.  The side wing, mirror and chassis could also need repairing, not to mention the repairs any other affected vehicles might need.  The total costs of tyre blowouts, fires and punctures goes beyond vehicle downtime and recovery services; it can also include cargo wreckage and collateral damage.

By using a TPMS, drivers get a heads-up when their tyres overheat or are under-inflated.  In addition, a remotely accessible telemetry based TPMS allows commercial fleet managers to monitor every vehicle’s tyre pressure online, introducing another level of control to help prevent tyre fires, blowouts or vehicle breakdowns.

Health and safety

Not many people know that a tyre blowout can have as much force behind it as a World War II hand grenade, so when it happens, you want to be as far away as possible.  A tyre blowout can easily damage other vehicles or even result in casualties.

Although many motorists consider tyre blowouts to be freak events, the reality is that a tyre blowout is likely to occur in every vehicle in the short to medium term.  Commercial vehicles that do a lot of miles or work on rough terrains, such as scrapyards or forestry environments, are particularly vulnerable to tyre blowouts.  The only prevention method is to use reliable TPMS and regular tyre maintenance.

Statistics show that HGVs are involved in one in five motorway crashes and that they are five times more likely to be involved in fatal accidents.  By adding a tyre pressure monitoring system to your commercial vehicles, these risks decrease significantly, keeping drivers safe.  This also gives peace of mind that, should anything go wrong with their tyres, the TPMS will give the driver enough notice to address the issue before it becomes a risk.

Saving fuel and time

Even 10 per cent tyre under-inflation can result in a one percent increase in fuel consumption.  The amount goes up to two percent, when the under-inflation reaches 30 per cent.  The increased rolling resistance of the tyres means the engine needs to work extra hard to achieve and maintain a certain speed, thus using up more fuel and making the vehicle less efficient.

If you ask any fleet manager, they will tell you that manual tyre checks are tedious and time-consuming.  A company with one hundred 14-wheel HGVs can take up to two or three working days to check the tyre pressure of all its vehicles’ tyres.  Furthermore, there is little guarantee that human error won’t interfere with the results.

With a remotely accessible TPMS, such as TyrePal’s TeleTPMS, results are accessible at the click of a mouse and fleet managers get discrepancy alerts so they don't need to pore over reports.  That is even more efficient than a Formula One pit crew changing a tyre.

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