Is your trucking fleet under pressure?

Is your trucking fleet under pressure?

While National Tire Safety Week is only recognized between June 27 and July 3, we took it upon ourselves here at FE to remind you that in order to properly maintain truck safety equipment, minimize tire failure, and maximize fuel economy, frequent tire inspections should be a regular practice for fleets year round.

Keeping each tire fully inflated, however, can feel like a full-time job. Due to impact with foreign objects, temperature change and inconsistent wear, it can be difficult to keep track of which tires are ready to roll and which ones could use a little attention.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC (Bendix) aims to remind North America’s fleets and owner-operators just how much tire pressure matters to safety on the road. While it’s important for drivers to inspect their trucks prior to a trip and throughout a shift, even the most trained professionals will have a difficult time spotting slow leaks or under inflated tires.

Industry findings show that fuel economy drops by around 1.5% on tires that are under inflated by just 10%. Low pressure tires also make up for 90% of blown out tires, Bendix noted. To mitigate potential hazards and ensure suitable fleet performance, properly maintained tire pressure should be at the top of every checklist.

“TPMS can also provide valuable information that enables fleets to more effectively plan maintenance and tire management,” said TJ Thomas, director of marketing and customer solutions, Bendix. 

Through the use of wheel mounted sensors inside the tires, Bendix’s SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) continuously monitors pressure and temperature of each tire to ensure optimal operation and provides the driver with necessary alerts regarding pressure fluctuation as soon as it occurs.

“With a tool like SafetyDirect by Bendix CVS, for instance, you can analyze TPMS information in near real time, and use the information to optimize scheduling already planned, lowering your total cost of ownership (TCO)–to say nothing of helping to avoid the hassle and additional expense that comes with a tire failure on the road.”

You May Also Like

Peterbilt introduces Digital Vision System-Mirrors

Available on Models 579 and 567, Peterbilt says the DVS-M uses HDR cameras integrated into the mirrors to display video on interior monitors.


Peterbilt launched its new Digital Vision System-Mirrors (DVS-M) in the Models 579 and 567. The company says the DVS-M uses one High Dynamic Range (HDR) camera integrated into the driver side mirror head and two HDR cameras integrated into the passenger side mirror head. All three cameras feature hydrophobic lenses to repel water, ice and dust, which ensures visibility during harsh conditions.

Hendrickson acquires Reyco Granning suspension business

Hendrickson expands its suspension solutions portfolio for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles while maintaining brand independence.

SAMPA celebrates 30 years

The heavy-duty spare parts company marked the milestone at Automechanika Istanbul. with a specially themed 30th anniversary booth.

HDA’s Colorado Brake & Supply announces acquisition

The HDA Truck Pride member has acquired Pueblo Brake & Clutch, Inc., another local heavy-duty truck parts provider, with 59 years of service.

BettsHD, Featherwing offer roll-off refuse fenders

According to BettsHD, the new Featherwing refuse / roll-off fenders are custom-designed for all tandem and tri-axle applications.


Other Posts

Using AI to capture tire data, control costs and reduce downtime

Good fleet management is vital for any trucking company, but the days of searching for important information in stacks of notebooks are over.

Newest Bendix Fusion technology now available in Kenworth T680s

Fusion with ACB Stop and Auto-Go is available on select Kenworth T680 powertrains with automated transmission.

What trucking execs said at ACT Expo; plus the biggest news from the show

Our ACT recap includes speeches from Volvo’s Roger Alm, Tesla’s Dan Priestley, and more.

Embracing truck service changes that come with EVs

Young Trucks adapts to EVs with Volvo’s certification program, investing in equipment, training, and safety for heavy-duty electric truck service.