Importance Of Consistent Truck Tyre Pressure
August 24th 2015 Written by Mark Masters
Keeping a close eye on your truck tyre pressure has everything to do with safety and not just fuel economy.
We asked Chris McDevitt, Invoicing & Warranty Controller, what you need to be aware of.
CAN THE RIGHT PRESSURE ACTUALLY SAVE ME MONEY?
Fuel economy is huge for any driver. A low tyre pressure means more friction of the road, hence less efficiency. Too much air pressure can create an oval shape to a tyre and shorten the wear time.
Michelin reported that Anglian Water could save Â£65,000 in fuel costs a year, simply by adjusting tyre pressures across its fleet.
Michelin also stated that under inflated tyre pressure is costing UK motorists more than Â£440 million a year. This means 370 million litres of fuel is being wasted every year.
The Michelin ˜Fill Up With Air’ campaign highlighted that Â¾ of UK drivers were running on under inflated tyres.
HOW WOULD I KNOW THE TYRE PRESSURES?
Your handbook should state the optimum tyre pressure for your vehicle.
If you don’t have a handbook, ask the tyre company who supplies your vehicles. Also, have a look on the driver’s door pillar, or inside of the petrol flap.
If your tyres are un-roadworthy you will fail your MOT or even worse a fine for each tyre.
Here at ETS we know the tyre pressure for trucks, if you are unstuck, just let us know.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY TYRES BE LOOKED AT?
Our vehicles are serviced on a six to eight weekly basis. On every Planned Maintenance Inspection (PMI) we check and adjust the tyre pressure accordingly.
However, during those six to eight weeks outside of inspection anything can happen. Such as a leaking valve, rusting wheel rims or even a puncture.
WHAT CAN I DO TO CHECK?
Every driver has a responsibility to regularly check their tyres. Here are some signs that the tyre pressure could be incorrect:
- the most obvious sign is seeing that the tyres look flat
- uneven tyre wear
- your vehicle is slightly leaning to one side
- you have the wrong tyres fitted for the front and back (it does happen!)
CORRECT TYRE PRESSURE SAVES LIVES
Every year, the UK acknowledges 25 deaths and nearly 1,500 serious accidents attributed to poorly inflated tyres.
Highways England has identified tyre pressure under inflation as a major cause of accidents on UKs roads.
The correct tyre pressure stabilises stopping distance. Over or under inflated tyres will cause a greater stopping distance and a potential accident. To any driver, tyres, steering, lighting and brakes are all life saves.
It’s a simple fact correct tyre pressure can save lives, reduce fuel consumption and needing to replace tyres on a regular basis.
NEED ANY HELP?
If you are noticing that your tyres are becoming a point of concern, get in touch with one of the team. Don’t leave anything to chance. The maximum fine for a goods vehicle or constructed to carry more than eight passengers is Â£5,000 and three penalty points. Disqualification is also possible in certain circumstances.
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