Proper tire maintenance critical to cutting costs, maintaining safety

Commercial fleets know the importance of properly serviced vehicles, and implementing fleet maintenance software can help manage this critical function at lower cost and with better results. Focusing on tire maintenance alone highlights that proper care is first and foremost a safety issue. Drivers in vehicles with inadequate tires are at an increased risk for blowouts and slipping on wet or icy roads, both of which can lead to accidents. Even when minor, such events can hurt a company's safety rating, and worst-case scenarios can involve loss of life.

Aside from safety, regular tire inspection and maintenance can also reduce company operating costs. Improper tire pressure can reduce fuel mileage, increasing the amount a company spends on fuel. For larger fleets, a slight increase in fuel expense can significantly impact the company's bottom line.

Harsh winter weather can also take a serious toll on vehicles, especially tires, as potholes and cracks form on roads across the country. High mileage fleets should monitor their regular vehicle inspections in winter for a rise in tire- or wheel-related problems as well as suspension damage from rough road conditions.

Fleet maintenance software can help performance 
It's important for drivers and maintenance teams to be coached on the importance of inspecting tires frequently to cut down on costs from unexpected failures or increased fuel consumption and to keep drivers safe. Drivers should regularly inspect their tires for wear and tear and consistently check up on tire pressure and adjust inflation as necessary.

Fleet maintenance software can help fleets track inspection reports for noted tire or suspension problems and also assist in comparing durability and fuel economy between various manufacturers and styles of tire. Tire rotation on vehicles and trailers can prolong tire life but proper rotation sequence tracking and monitoring is much easier with software specifically designed to manage the process for fleets.

Routing software can help reduce wear, fuel consumption 
Well-maintained tires, properly inflated, with low rolling resistance, can contribute to improved fuel economy in fleets of all sizes. But traveling poorly planned routes can increase total fleet mileage with an impact on productivity, revenue generation and higher fuel consumption that will counteract those savings. The use of routing and scheduling software can save labor time in consolidating orders and planning routes, and also assures that driver and vehicle productivity is improved while wasted miles are avoided.