“Tire expense is the third greatest expense of most fleets. It typically follows fuel and payroll.” Ron Turley, founder of Ron Turley Associates.
Efficient tires provide a better cost-per-mile output with the potential to save fleet managers thousands of dollars in expenses across the entire fleet. Don’t allow tires to have a big impact on overall costs for your business.
An effective tire tracking system tracks the performance of each tire and cost per mile. Keeping track of the status of all aspects of your fleet is the first step to managing a cost-effective and well-ran fleet.
Don’t underestimate the power of tires. Tires play a big role in your fleet’s operation.
Know the Stats
Running a tire 10% overloaded can rob the user of 16% of its tire life. A $200 tire only delivers $168 worth of service.
A tire 10% under-inflated can rob the tire use of 7% of it’s tire life. A $400 tire gives $372 worth of service.
Proper tire pressure can increase gas mileage by 3%.
Tires that are ¼” out of alignment affect the tire life by 25%.
Generally, airing tires every 2-4 weeks is sufficient to keep tubeless tires maintained.
Keys to Managing Tire Expenses
Managing tires does not need to be a burden. A good shop manager takes the time to implement an effective tire management system because he/she understands the huge role tires play within fleet management operation. The manager realizes if tires are not properly managed, the waste and expense that results from it can be astronomical. A control system must be devised and implemented to make certain tires are charged out properly.
- Purchase tires with greater carrying capacity than what is needed.
- Purchase brand-name tires with the fewest known flat tire histories.
- Purchase tires at the lowest available price; shop around – bid out if necessary.
- Purchase tires with the least rolling resistance.
- Purchase tires with the greatest recap potential.
- Maintain air pressures by implementing a rigorous maintenance
- Maintain excellent tire-matching capabilities.
- Maintain axle alignment for highway tires, particularly on highway trailers or on double-drive axles.
- Keep tires balanced.
If flat tires are a routine issue, try steel-belted radial tubeless tires. Steel-belted tires that are properly maintained, will substantially decrease this problem and reduce expenses.
Fuel lost by improperly maintained tires can cost more than tire waste itself.
Stop Losing Money and Take Control
Implementing a tire-tracking system with RTA is easy. The RTA system has a full-circle Tire Inventory module for managing and tracking tires. Track tire costs and analyze tire/manufacturer performances and product history in order to save your operation significant money.
Utilize data captured within the RTA system to accurately portray true tire cost and performance. A tire replacement projection feature is provided to help prevent downtime caused from tire blowouts.
Once established, an effective tire tracking program will go a long way in improving the company’s bottom line and safety of staff and equipment.
Contact RTA today and let us show you how easy it is to implement a tire tracking system.
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