Pressure on to save fuel and improve safety 09 July 2014

Fleet managers must ensure truck tyre pressures are checked every month to avoid higher fuel bills and unnecessary safety risks.

That's the reminder from ATS Euromaster, after a survey by Texaco of 500 truck fleets revealed only 42% of operators undertake regular tyre checks.

Texaco's survey was part of its operator research programme and focused on all aspects of running a fleet, including commercial vehicle maintenance.

"Under-inflated or over-inflated tyres not only wear faster and risk using more fuel, they can have serious safety and reliability implications, too," cautions Simon Tattersall, ATS Euromaster's head of national fleets.

"Pressures should be checked periodically, ideally monthly, to ensure tyres remain safe, reliable and fuel efficient," he confirms.

ATS Euromaster also issued a report last year, following a four-year study, which showed that truck tyres under-inflated by 20% could cost up to £555 extra in fuel per vehicle per year, as well as reducing tyre life.

The Texaco research also found that just 8% of truck fleets were fitting low rolling resistance 'Energy' tyres as a measure to improve fuel efficiency.

Laura Cork

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