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In any fleet operation keeping bus and coach running costs at their minimum is paramount. As the only part of the vehicle which touches the road surface, tyres have a major impact on running costs. Managing the tyre pressures regularly and accurately minimises the impact on fuel efficiency, downtime, and safety, not to mention the increased lifecycle of the tyre, thus keeping replacement bills down.

Alongside the vehicles brakes and seat belts, tyres are the most important safety devices on a bus or coach. Incorrect tyre pressure will compromise cornering, braking and stability, and in the worst-case scenario, improper pressure can cause the tyre to fail completely, potentially leading to serious accidents.

Manually checking the tyres can be a time consuming job, and where this is undertaken by a third party it adds to the cost of tyre management and hence PPK running costs.

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Tyre pressure is a critical factor in fuel economy and vehicle safety. A study of 38,000 cars by a major tyre manufacturer across nine European countries showed that 71% of motorists are driving on under-inflated tyres.

This poor tyre management habit is creating two million litres of wasted fuel and costs in the region of 2.8 million Euros per year.

For the environment this means 4.8 million tons of unnecessary CO2 emissions annually – the equivalent of 1.8g/km for every car on the road.

Worn and poorly maintained tyres are also a major contributor to road traffic accidents and the Highways England reports that over a 12 month period more than 15,000 breakdowns on motorways alone were attributed to tyre issues.

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Tyres are the only part of your van, truck, or trailer which touch the road surface, and as a result have a significant impact on running costs as well as safety implications. The tyres are worked hard, sometimes in arduous conditions, making them at risk of punctures, blowouts, and damage.

Daily driver checks and workshop inspections at four or six week intervals, are all part of a company’s tyre management regime, but even with this process rigorously managed, in-service failures are often difficult to detect before a small potential issue becomes a major problem and failure.

A significant number of tyre failures come from slow punctures leading to overheating and subsequently, blow-outs. Detecting these early will reduce expensive roadside repairs and disruption to customers’ service as well as safety for the drivers and other road users.

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