Running an effective and efficient tire program could help fleets reduce costs and improve driver safety. The first step is to create a strong foundation for your tire program, which requires understanding and defining the types of products that fit the fleet best. That could include tire retreading and new tire purchases. It’s also essential to have a solid relationship with reliable service providers and implement tire management practices.
Implementing Tire Management Technology
Tires are typically a high expense for companies. They require tech tools and processes to ensure efficiency and reduce overall costs. One of the best steps companies can take is to invest in improved tire management technology. There are three areas to focus on:
- Monitoring technology: New technology is available now to help capture data about tires. This massive amount of data is invaluable to providing fleet owners with insight into their truck operations and vehicle tire performance.
- Insight technology: The second step is to use technology to take all that data that’s been captured, condense it, and analyze it. This allows fleets to then make decisions for their tire programs.
- Service technology: This type of technology offers indications that there is a need for service, providing valuable information on identifying problems using various monitoring technologies.
For example, many organizations find that tire pressure is one of the biggest problems for their fleet trucks and trailers. Monitoring tire pressure isn’t simple to do manually, but it can be highly effectively done using sensors and other technology. By maintaining the optimal tire range using the right technology, fleets may see less wear and tear of tires, thus reducing their costs.
Implementing a Retread Solution
For many companies, one of the best ways to improve outcomes is to invest in tire retreading, which is found to be highly effective and just as safe as the investment in new tires. A tire program should consider the various retread types available, in order to make the best decision. Options may include:
- Mold cure: This method involves adding rubber to the casing, then placing it into a mold to form the tread.
- Precure flat treads: This type already has an imprint on a flat rubber segment. The tread is then placed around the tire before being stapled into place using additional rubber. It then goes through a curing process.
- Spliceless unicircle: This type of retreading is a newer option in which a spliceless retread is placed over the buffed casing. Then, a curing process is completed.
Retreading could be an excellent addition to any program because these tires provide the same amount of mileage as new tires and can be driven at the same high speeds and in various conditions like new tires.
Finding the Best Solution for Your Tires
For organizations unsure of what type of tire management program they need, or commercial fleet owners/operators looking for a tried-and-true service provider, turn to STTC. We provide exceptional support to help clients maintain their commercial tires to reduce overall costs.
Give us a call now at 610-954-8473 or contact us online. We can help you with tire retreading, new tires, and roadside service as and when you need the support.