Reduce accidents, save fuel.
Turning a profit as a motor carrier is — and always has been — a difficult proposition. With ever-shrinking margins, increased fuel costs, and robust competition, motor carriers now have to look to every element of their operation for cost-savings. And that includes the part of the truck where the rubber, very literally, meets the road.
According to the American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council, tire under-inflation by as little as 10% can result in a 1.5% decline in fuel economy; tire under-inflation by 20% can result in a 30% reduction in tire life.
All told, tire under-inflation leads to the following statistics:
- 80,000 accidents per year
- 90% of all tire failures
- 5.4 million gallons of wasted fuel each day
If you’re a fleet manager, or even an owner-operator, finding a way to ensure that your tractor and trailer tires are properly inflated could save you a lot of money in the long run.