Over 2 Billion Gallons of Fuel Wasted Each Year Due to Low Tire Pressure Plug the leak with TPMS
Harrisonville, MO (PRWEB) September 16, 2005
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) will pay for themselves several times over in the first year of their operation through increased fuel savings, extended tire tread life, lower maintenance costs, less casing damage. The result is more retread opportunities, less down time, better on time deliveries and increased safety.
According to the US DOT, Americans are wasting over 5.4 million gallons of fuel each day due to vehicles running on low tire pressure.
Trucking companies have very little ability to control the escalating raw material costs of fuel and tires however they do have a way to control fuel, tire and maintenance costs, say the experts at PressurePro Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, a Harrisonville. MO based TPMS manufacturer. Maintaining proper tire pressures insures maximum fuel mileage, tread life and safety.
Statistics show that the average truck on the road travels 125,000 miles each year using up to 21,000 gallons of fuel. At 6 miles per gallon, the average trucker is paying over $ 52,000.00 (based on $ 2.50/gal) in fuel costs. A truck running at only 20 psi low wastes over $ 3,000.00 of fuel annually. That same truck will reduce the tread life of its tires by over 35% as well as reduce the number of retreads per tire.
In a recent interview concerning the ever increasing costs incurred by trucking companies, Phillip Zaroor, president of PressurePro, the worldwide leading supplier of TPMS aftermarket products, stated Roadside repairs frequently cost in excess of $ 400.00 per incident and normally result in 3-4 hours of downtime. The age old method of thumping tires is unreliable and inaccurate. Physically checking each tire with a standard pressure gauge is costly and consumes 20 -30 minutes of the maintenance technicians time adding further to the overhead of the fleet owner. Onboard Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems add safety for the driver and cargo and can alert the driver to low tire pressure situations before they become costly or catastrophic.
Some of the TPMS technologies only alert drivers to low pressure conditions when the tire pressures reach a certain low pressure level, states Zaroor, We feel in addition to alerting to low pressures, it is important to display current actual pressures any time, to allow drivers to keep their tires inflated to the proper levels, helping them to maximize their fuel, tire and handling efficiency.
According to a study by FleetnetAmerica, the countrys largest provider of road service, the top reason for Truck and Tractor breakdowns and the top cost for breakdowns is the result of tire failure. A study conducted recently by the Technology and Maintenance Council found that only 3% of the trucking companies surveyed checked their tire pressures twice weekly, 15% weekly, 12% twice each month, 49% monthly, and the balance of those surveyed checked their tire pressures every 2 months or longer, or only when they looked low on pressure. For trailer tires the frequency was even less. Many of the pressure checks coincided with vehicle preventive maintenance service schedules, suggesting that many trucks and especially trailers werent checked at all between scheduled maintenance cycles.
Every low tire on a vehicle negatively affects, fuel mileage, tire wear, casing life, handling, braking and safety. Proper tire inflation is a safety and savings measure that will maximize a companys profit potential in a continually upward spiraling energy market. For more information on the benefits of Tire Pressure Monitoring visit http://www.advantagepressurepro.com.
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