Tyres are expensive. A good set of tyres can cost between several hundred dollars and several thousand dollars. Because of this, you want your fleet tyres to last as long as possible. You also want to keep your tyres in good condition for safety reasons. Having said that, here are five tips to keep your tyres in good condition:
1. Check Tyre Pressures Frequently
Tyre pressures should be checked on a regular basis. Tyres that are inflated to the correct pressure provide better handling and improved safety. Properly inflated tyres also last longer, which saves your company money. Another reason to check tyre pressures is because vehicles with underinflated tyres consume more fuel.
2. Use a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
You can reduce the need to manually check your fleet’s tyre pressures by installing a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Such systems electronically monitor tyre pressures and temperatures and report the results to fleet managers on a real-time basis or at defined intervals and checkpoints.
A TPMS system can help you maximize tyre life, increase fuel efficiency and minimize roadside breakdowns. INTIRE systems are easy to install and maintain. You can even have the tyre data reported directly to your smartphone via the cloud. This means that you can get the information you need regardless of your location.
3. Check Tyre Wear & Tread Depth
Tyre wear should be checked frequently because vehicles with worn down tyres or tyres that have uneven wear may not be able to stop quickly enough to avoid an accident. You should also make sure that your tyres have sufficient tread depth. To do that, you need a minimum depth that your company can use as a standard. Keep in mind that tread depth will affect the operating safety of your vehicles as well as their performance.
4. Keep Wheels Aligned
If your tyres are improperly aligned, your vehicles will not handle well, plus your tyres will experience excessive wear. This will weaken your tyres and make them more susceptible to damage. Misaligned wheels will also make it harder for your drivers to control their vehicles, plus it will result in increased fuel consumption.
5. Train Your Drivers To Maintain Good Driving Habits
You should train your drivers to avoid excessive acceleration and braking. This will make your tyres last longer and keep them in good operating condition. Although stop-and-go traffic cannot always be avoided, you should train your drivers to drive as smoothly as possible.
You should also train your drivers to watch out for road hazards that have a detrimental effect on tyres. This includes potholes, uneven road surfaces and speed bumps. Such hazards not only can damage tyres, but they can also knock the wheels out of alignment.
You can keep your fleet tyres in good shape by following the tips listed above. If you would like to know more about TPMS systems and how they can benefit your company, get in touch with us today.