The importance of tyre safety

In 2014, tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) became a legal requirement for all new passenger vehicles manufactured in Europe. Maintaining the correct tyre inflation is important for both fuel efficiency and tyre performance, but this legislation is yet to be extended to commercial vehicles, caravans and trailers. Here, Peter Tillotson, business development manager of TyrePal, discusses the lack of TPMS regulation for alternative vehicles and the impact it is having on fuel consumption, breakdown costs and driver safety. Fuel economy is a prominent issue for any driver. Low tyre pressure means more friction on the road, hence less efficiency. Too … Continue reading

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

Avoidable breakdown

Following a tyre failure, a fully loaded agricultural trailer destroyed a rear wheel just outside the TyrePal office yesterday. The driver had been unaware of the problem until the tyre was completely destroyed and came off the wheel. Agricultural trailers are particularly susceptible to punctures and blow-outs because of the seasonal nature of their use during the busy harvest period. How was this avoidable? Blowouts are not random occurrences – they always have a cause. Generally an under-inflated or overloaded tyre puts excessive strain on the tyre sidewall, which overheats and then collapses. A TyrePal system gives warning before this … Continue reading

Blowout causes chemical fire and motorway closure

The M6 was closed in both directions and motorists were evacuated from their cars when a chemical tanker caught fire near Coventry on 12 December 2012. Fire fighters put a 1Km exclusion zone around the incident and ten people, including the tanker driver were treated in hospital. The motorway remained closed for hours. The fire was reported to have been caused by a tyre blowout. Tyre blowouts are widely considered to be unpredictable, but a TyrePal system can give advanced warning. A tyre invariably overheats before it blows out and the TyrePal system detects the overheating and warns the driver … Continue reading

Blowout closes M25, critically injures 3

A lorry tyre blowout was blamed for the horrible crash on the M25 between junctions 7-8 that left three people seriously injured and the motorway closed on Friday 5th August. 30 mile tailbacks continued into the weekend while lanes were closed for recovery and repair work. It is very unusual for the cause of a road accident to be released immediately, but the press and TV news  widely reported the police spokesman who stated that the accident was caused by a tyre blowout. In spite of the under-reporting, statistics show that tyre problems are the number one cause of vehicle … 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