While aerodynamics, the proper spec and the enforcement of reduced idling practices can help keep fuel costs under control, keeping a watchful eye on tire life and maintenance can make all the difference on a fleet’s service P&L.
The title of this article says it all. If you’re not using SmartWay tires, you should be.
“What we really sell is a service, and it takes people to make sure it’s of the highest quality and efficiency, and it’s cost effective,” says Randy Hall, maintenance support manager at AAA Cooper Transportation. “My role is to stay on top of shop needs and to support our maintenance personnel so our work always
Typically there are four pillars to determine your true cost: Initial tire cost, mileage to removal, fuel efficiency and retreadability (or casing value).
Maintaining proper inflation pressure in tires is the single most important factor in extending tire life. Both overinflation and underinflation have a negative impact on the tire’s footprint and tread wear. When the tire is not contacting the road as the tire design intended, the tread area will wear irregularly, and therefore, more rapidly. Underinflation
Managing your tire program requires looking for signs of wear or damage and properly maintaining your vehicle to help avoid issues so you get the maximum return on your investment. The development of irregular tire wear is very common on trucks of all types. Some of the common causes include alignment issues, under-inflation, overloading, suspension
Having a proper tire management program is crucial for any size fleet, as it can make your maintenance operation more efficient and help reduce the total cost of tire ownership. Tire management begins with selecting the correct tire for a specific application. Long haul and regional operations can overlap with each other at times, so
“Fleets want the best of both worlds, so the latest features and technologies being designed in new drive tires are providing industry-leading mileage and even wear,” says Sharon Cowart, director of product marketing at Michelin North America Inc. “Construction features such as dual compound treads allow the tire to be built with a top layer
With tires making up a significant portion of a fleet’s cost, a bit of outside advice can mean a great deal of savings in the long run. One great place to start looking for advice is with a commercial tire dealer. “Commercial servicing dealers are experts at commercial tires and are a valuable resource for
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations has announced that it is joining the growing number of tiremakers increasing prices as a result of increased operations costs. The price increase will apply to tires shipped after Sept. 24. Bridgestone’s full statement: In response to increased business costs and other market dynamics, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) will increase