Incorrect Inflation is one of the leading causes of high tire costs. Many fleets use technology to avoid this problem and save time and money.
Incorrect Inflation is one of the most significant causes of tire cost increases. Many fleets look to technology to avoid these issues and save time and money.
Why is it essential to monitor trailer tire pressure ? It is important to know that too low or too high PSI can lead to costly repairs.
Jim Sharkey, vice president of sales and marketing at Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.), says that having air in your tires is as important as having fuel in the tank.
These numbers support the importance of correct Inflation.
- According to Judith Monte (Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience at Aperia Technologies), Aperia Technologies’ research shows that only 28% of commercial vehicle tires operate at the target inflation pressure. This statistic drops to 17% in winter months.
- According to the ATA Technology & Maintenance Council, a tire with a 10% underinflation rate can result in a 1.5% reduction in fuel economy. A tire with 80% underinflation will reduce tire life by 30%.
- Jon Intagliata shares that industry studies have shown that nearly 90% of tire blowouts can be attributed to underinflation.
- Inflation problems can also impact the tire’s treatability. Peggy Fisher, TireStamp Inc. president, said that a 15% underinflated tire could result in an 8% decrease in tread mileage. Underinflated tires will flex more as they roll through their footprints, which can cause the steel cords on the sidewall to fatigue and eventually crack. The tire will eventually fail prematurely if exposed to too much heat. The tire’s life expectancy is 30% lower if it is constantly underinflated by 20%. The tire will not be retreaded if it is underinflated by 40%.