Current supply chain and labor concerns have many fleet owners worried about how they will keep quality tires on their vehicles and drivers safe. Most of the time, fleet managers don’t have to worry about tire access, but when there is a limited supply, that can create a ripple effect throughout the fleet.
Tires are one of the largest maintenance expenses across a fleet, and that’s why it is so important to make some changes now to ensure your tire supply and maintenance problems don’t worsen. Call for mobile tire services as and when you require them, so there are no unnecessary delays in attending to tire repair and maintenance issues.
There is little doubt that supply chain concerns remain from the pandemic. Tire materials are harder to source than before, and rubber production has slowed due to labor shortages thanks to COVID-related concerns, specifically in Asian rubber tree farms. That has led to increasing prices, with reports from the Singapore Commodity Exchange finding rubber costs were up 70% from May 2020 to May 2021. All of this has made it hard to source tires, especially at good prices.
What can commercial fleets do? Consider these strategies:
Don’t ignore what’s happening in the industry. Stay up to date on what’s occurring so fleets can act quickly to stay on the roadways safely.
We understand the complexities of tire supply issues and continue to work hard to meet the needs of our commercial truck fleets. If you need mobile tire service or a new retread, contact us today to learn how we can help you. STTC offers 24/7 emergency road service, tire maintenance, and new tires to help you stay on the roadways.
Call us now at 610-954-8473 or contact us online for any repairs or replacement needs.