How To Improve Fuel Efficiency While Lowering Maintenance Costs

Jim McCormack

Anyone that drives a truck understands that tires take a beating and are often the biggest financial expenditure of all maintenance costs.  Research shows that 80% of problems encountered with tires are caused by incorrect inflation.  Frequently, they are not checked often enough which leads to uneven wear.  Worst of all, underinflated tires reduce fuel efficiency.

One new piece of technology designed to alleviate this problem is the automatic tire inflation system, such as that released by Pressure Systems International.   This system increases tire life by ensuring tires remain properly inflated at all times.  In the long run this saves on fuel and increases safety by compensating for pressure lost through slow leaks, punctures, and other problems.

This is different from an equalization system in that it does not just distribute the air from one tire to another.  Nor is it like the monitoring system that merely draws a driver’s attention to the fact that one or more tires have lost air pressure.  Instead, auto-inflation systems utilize the compressed air available through the truck’s own air system to re-inflate tires that fall below preset manufacturer levels.

The way this works is that all tires on the trailer are connected to an air supply that keeps them at the proper pressure, even when the truck is in motion.  Needed air is routed through a control box, which ensures that all tires have the perfect pressure at all times.  This extends the life of the tires as well as ensures that tire tread wears evenly and maximum fuel efficiency is maintained.  Regardless of whether a driver has a van, container chassis like these, flatbed, or something else, this system is easily adaptable.

There are also other great advances in technology when it comes to preserving tires and improving fuel efficiency.  Another option, also designed by Pressure Systems International, is the ThermALERT.  This system utilizes a thermal screw which melts if the tire temperature becomes too high.  When the plug melts, air is allowed to escape through the tee vent in the hubcap thereby triggering exterior lights and emitting an audible signal that warns the driver.  By adding this type of protection, drivers can take a proactive stance by avoiding damage caused by elevated temperatures.  This lessens downtime, costs, and risks and results in more business volume.

Maintaining proper levels of inflation are required to extend tire life, increase fuel economy, and ensure deliveries arrive on time.  Inflation and high temperature inflation and warning systems are a great way to make certain that tires are the last thing you have to worry about.  With all the new technology available today, reduced fuel use and lower maintenance costs are easier to achieve than ever.