Six ways that TyrePal reduces fleet costs

Analysis of fleet costs by TyrePal show that thousands of pounds can be saved by effective tyre pressure monitoring, but these savings are often under-estimated. Saving fuel Fuel use increases dramatically if tyres are under-inflated, so maintaining correct pressures is really important. 10% under-inflation leads to a 1% increase in fuel use. TyrePal sensors check pressure and temperature every few seconds while the vehicle is in use, and adjustable alert levels mean that a clear warning is given for any divergence from the optimum pressures. TeleTPMS empowers managers to control tyre pressures and can result in year on year fuel … Continue reading

Fleet wide tyre pressure monitoring with TeleTPMS

TyrePal TeleTPMS enables the fleet manager to monitor all tyres in the fleet from a central location without relying on individual drivers. With tyres correctly inflated, fuel economy improves, the danger of breakdown is reduced and tyre life is extended. Tyre failure is one of the biggest causes of breakdown in commercial vehicle fleets, because punctures often go unnoticed until a breakdown occurs. TyrePal TeleTPMS gives a clear alert for any problem, so the issue can be dealt with before it causes serious damage, disruption or even a tyre fire. The system not only checks while the vehicle is in … Continue reading

How to check tyre age

Recent fatalities have highlighted the need to check the age of tyres as well as tread depth. This is particularly true for caravans, motorhomes and low-mileage cars, and in fleets where spare tyres may be unused. There’s no specific date beyond which tyres become unsafe, as it depends on conditions of use and storage, but any tyre more than six years old is getting towards the end of its life even if there’s plenty of tread left. After this time, the rubber compounds are starting break down and become brittle, so it’s well worth looking for any sign of cracks … Continue reading

New guidance but no new tyre age legislation

The Department for Transport now strongly recommends that tyres over 10 years old should not be fitted to front steered axles of public service vehicles, but says they can be fitted to the rear axles of vehicles as part of a twin tyre combination. The advice falls short of the call for a legal limit by some campaigners. The guidance is in response to the report from coroner Richard Travers, following the fatal coach crash on the A3 in September 2012 and is included in a document entitled “Guidance on the use of older tyres on buses and coaches” recently … Continue reading

Coach crash deaths – coroner calls for tyre age regulation

The Minister for Transport will be receiving a report requesting action on tyre age following a fatal coach crash last year. Three people were killed and others injured when a 52 seat coach operated by Merseypride Travel suffered a tyre blowout on the A3 and crashed into a tree. Surrey coroner Richard Travers said that the “catastrophic failure” of the 19 and half years old tyre had caused the accident and he recorded a verdict of accidental death. The coach was 17 years old and the youngest victim of the crash was just 18, not even as old as the … Continue reading

Two killed, 35 hurt in tyre blowout bus crash

A tyre blow-out was blamed for a fatal bus crash near Rochester, New York State. The tour bus was travelling to Niagara Falls on 18 July 2011 when the driver lost control and veered down a grassy bank into woods. A preliminary report from New York State Police spokesman Mark O’Donnell indicated that a tyre blowout might have caused the wreck. Tyre pressure monitoring has been mandatory for all new light vehicles such as cars and vans in the USA since 2008, but the legislation has not so far been extended to vehicles over 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or those … Continue reading

Impact of tyre pressure on dual wheels

Mismatched tyre pressures are a real problem for dual wheels. The mismatch results in a change in diameter that makes the larger wheel drag the smaller one and the smaller wheel hold the larger one back. A difference of just 5 psi can change the diameter by as much as 8mm, resulting in the smaller tyre being dragged 1Km for every 130Km travelled. This leads to rapid and irregular wear for both tyres of the pair, as well as increased fuel consumption in overcoming the resistance. Bigger pressure differences put additional load on the larger wheel, increasing the wear rate … Continue reading

Blowout blamed for serious minibus accident

Passengers were thrown through the smashed windows and doors when a minibus overturned on the M1 following a tyre blow-out. Three people were seriously injured in the accident and twelve were taken to hospital. Three air ambulances landed on the M1 after the accident near junction 42 in the early afternoon of July 27 2010. There were no other vehicles involved and witnesses said that the driver’s side rear tyre burst, causing the vehicle to roll on to its side. Tyre blow-outs are widely thought of as unpredictable, but conditions leading to one can easily be detected. It usually starts … Continue reading

Tyre causes bus fire

A bus blaze in the Derbyshire Peak District is thought to have been caused by an overheated tyre. The bus, operated by Trent Barton Transpeak caught fire at Ashford on the Water at about 3:50pm on 29 May2009. The driver managed to bring the vehicle to a stop and help the passengers out to safety as flames and thick black smoke billowed to the sky. Burning fuel leaking from the vehicle entered the drains and blew off four manhole covers. Firefighters from Matlock used breathing apparatus and extinguished the blaze in about 20 minutes, but the road was closed for … Continue reading